The Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap)

Picture by jphoto

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  • January 17, 2014
  • Nikon D700
  • 28-300mm
  • Shooting Style Tripod
  • Shoots Number Multiple Exposure
  • Exposures Number +2 +1 0 -1 -2
  • Editing Software Photoshop / Photomatix Pro
  • File Format RAW
  • Notes Double tonemapped in Photomatix.
Cape Town Malay Quarter


17 Jan 12:33

I took this shot yesterday in Cape Town on an extremly hot day (bad day for photography). Many of these very old homes have been restored, but keeping many of the original facades and are painted in bright colours.I have managed to find a bit of history about this area, see below: THANKS FOR VIEWING. The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap has a fascinating history. Many of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries, who were imported to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves were known as “Cape Malays” (which is not essentially true as most of the residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent). However the term has stuck and Bo-Kaap is also known today as the Cape Malay Quarter As the 18th century drew to a close, Dutch mercantile power began to fade and the British moved in to fill the vacuum. They seized the Cape in 1795 to prevent it from falling into French hands, then briefly relinquished it back to the Dutch (1803), before definitively conquering it in 1806. British sovereignty of the area was recognised at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. It was also believed that British Officers stationed at the Cape were housed in these dwellings prior to the Malay’s settling here.

17 Jan 13:29

Please Download this for best view of great details. What a great pic. I almost voted a 9 because I thought it needed contrast. Then I downloaded and WOW. Nice pic

17 Jan 16:51

As Phil said best viewed on download,c/a on the top left tree,but still a ten.

17 Jan 17:11


17 Jan 17:56

mm the cropping on the cars does not convince me .. I like the colors and subject..

17 Jan 18:06

Sorry, I'd voted 8, but I give 9 for your professionality

17 Jan 19:27

i agree with cocomoni on this one

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17 Jan 22:44

IMHO, its oversaturated, the processing its 10

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