A shot from the quiet village of Storm’s River in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Home to the popular Marilyn’s Diner the colour clashing paintwork on some of the buildings shout so loudly one cannot help but be drawn to them.
High contrast or complementary colours that are opposite one another on the colour wheel may be described as clashing colours. Colours that clash are not necessarily a bad combination, they are very high contrast, high visibility pairings popularly used in graphic design and advertising.
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snunney (79459) 2013-05-05 4:40
You could hardly call the paintwork 'quiet'! Still, it makes for a great photo opportunity. Well framed graphical composition, nicely lit with excellent saturated colours.
adidas5nb (4480) 2013-05-05 4:45
woha! what colors.nice graphic pic with loud strong colors .like the door and the window,and the light.
Sergiom (54331) 2013-05-05 4:48
Le propriétaire de cette boutique ne manque certainement pas d'imagination au niveau des mélanges de couleurs, par contre, cela ne semble pas trop invitant. J'aime le cadrage serré qui élimine les détails inutiles.
dta (62842) 2013-05-05 4:55
Hello Rosemary ,
An attractive coloured house , for sure . Excellent framing and gestion of the difficult contrasts of lighting .
carlo62 (27474) 2013-05-05 6:13
un'immagine diversa dalle solite che ci presenti, molto colorata e vistosa.
Una composizione ben gestita, con due diverse luci ed un bellissimo cielo.
Romano46 (16578) 2013-05-05 7:25
gran bella foto! Colore in gran quantità e soggetto molto grazioso. Sei stata anche brava nel gestire la luce riuscendo a ridurre al minimo il contrasto tra luce ed ombra.
Perfetta la gestione del colore ed eccellente la nitidezza ed il taglio.
Ciao e buona giornata
Noel_Byrne (20682) 2013-05-05 7:59
A great eyecatcher to say the least, these colours are very bold and striking and very appealing! I would imagine trade would be brisk at this place! The light and shade on the wall adds another element too, as it breaks the purple and greens into even more colours. Nicely seen, this is a shot that would make me smile!
All the best
manrezaei (1837) 2013-05-05 8:16
Excellent view. The composition superbly framed here by you. Great details, superb colors and lights managed here by you. Very well done.
eldancer1 (25085) 2013-05-05 9:01
Very strong contrasting colors but somehow I can also see harmony among them. Nicely captured with good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
mjw364 (6998) 2013-05-05 10:38
Great colours and good use of light and shadow to create shapes and emphasis within the composition too.
Rock n Roll!
williewhistler (12353) 2013-05-05 13:12
Hello Rosemary,well this certainly grabs the attention,lovely bright contrasting colours and a nice tight crop makes cracking shot.
Best regard Les.
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-05-05 18:23
I love this one, Rosemary - incredibly vibrant colors, as befits a 'Rock 'n' Roll Store'! Seems maybe they've had an issue keeping all their neon lights attached, though!
You've brought out some great textures in this little find. Thanks!
npecanhuk (60794) 2013-05-05 18:58
I really like this one for all those colors, the excellent management of light and the attractive minimalist composition!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
Nicou (116138) 2013-05-05 21:54
quelle vue et iamge sueprbe couleur et cpatage ce violet avec le blanc quel pastel avec le bleu et cette mise en valeur splendide.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (73182) 2013-05-05 22:16
Le cadrage est très bon mais ce sont évidemment les couleurs qui "sautent aux yeux". Je me serais également attardé devant cette façade!
Cricri (101149) 2013-05-05 22:34
Une façade qui ne passe pas inaperçue et attirante, bon cadrage , très belle présentation
krzychu30 (15332) 2013-05-06 1:29
eye-catching composition!These colors are just like the rock´n´roll-lively and dynamic!Also the light and the way it illuminates the part of the facade is great.So the contrast is even stronger thereby.
Magnificent shot with strong,graphical effect!
Have a good day
CLODO (28924) 2013-05-06 2:08
the colors are the subject of this image, they are bold, pure and contrasting.
Rock 'n roll colors, I would say!
yquem46 (38380) 2013-05-06 8:41
Could hardly be more colorful and eye catching ?!
Very simple but pure art
Best regards, have a nice day
marina7 (8049) 2013-05-06 10:57
these acid colors look great on the building, I'm sure it attracts lots of customers. Nice capture with a diagonal shadow creating extra contrast. Lovely work.
mesutilgim (79916) 2013-05-06 12:26
What a nice capture of this beautiful fassade.
A scenery full of joy !
TFS and best regards
corjan3 (2025) 2013-05-06 13:12
I retract on my previous private comment - you are not one of the best contemporaneous landscape photographers but one of the best overall. I have been looking hard at this image to see where I could fault it or what improvements I could make but none at all. This is such a striking image and it sticks. I am not at all surprised that it is attracting so much favourable comment. Very well done once again.
rogerl (1544) 2013-05-06 14:11
Rosemary, definitely hurts the eyes. Even if the building itself hadn't been purple, it would hurt the eyes! And that is quite a collection of things that it sells. Nicely exposed and very well cropped. Thanks.
tyro (18556) 2013-05-06 16:23
As soon as I saw this and read your note, I was reminded of an old (and rather rude) joke in which, essentially, someone comments very adversely on the food he is given to eat but ends by saying that it was "perfectly and beautifully cooked".
So it is with your picture. The colours of this building are, quite frankly, hideous but you have portrayed them absolutely perfectly in your photograph! And, as you say, the juxtaposition of such colours does certainly draw the eye and the attention to this building.
I'm not so sure if complementary colours always do "clash" - think, for example, of a blue sea or sky against yellow sand of a beach - they are complementary colours and they look good together - i.e. they complement each other - despite being opposite each other on the "colour wheel".
Anyway, to your photograph. It is well composed and nicely balanced, it certainly shows these weird colours off vibrantly, the oblique light across the face of the building is delightful and, as always, your exposure is spot-on and your details and sharpness exquisite.
ChrisJ (94756) 2013-05-07 2:05
A colourful shot with good sharpness and graphism. Excellent tight framing and superb textural and shadow detail. The yellow rock and roll store text contrasts superbly against the blue sky. I like the reflection in the door. Tfs!
marabu61 (7351) 2013-05-07 6:30
Ouch, those colors really hurt the eye, but create at the same time a gorgeous contrast that no photographer can pass by. The deep saturated colors work really well here.
have a good day
Urs (14082) 2013-05-07 7:55
That is really very colourful and bold. So vibrant tones. I like the shop name Rock'n'Roll Store, do they play rock'n'roll around the clock? That would be great. Good photo job.
abmdsudi (39470) 2013-05-08 23:19
An extremely strong eye puller, effective play of lines, shapes and bold stinging colours, even a blind person will be able to sense this. You have great hawk eyes and good sense of smell, I love this. Congrats.
Silvio1953 (115815) 2013-05-10 10:02
Ciao Rosemary, fashinating colorful composition, beautiful geometry, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (51208) 2013-05-10 23:37
this impressive colorful shot seems to
have been taken from a movie cartoon
clever combination of colors and
according to your useful notes is
a shot from the quiet village
it is beautiful and quiet paintwork
have a nice weekend
KLB (23723) 2013-05-10 23:55
You've chosen the right title... Clashing colours indeed !
The tight framing is perfect to bring all the elements out and enhances the strenght of the colours.
Attractive play of shade and light too which gives relief to the facade.
fabbs99 (15681) 2013-05-11 20:49
Another very colorful shot.The light management and shadows are awesome. A quality image and stunning presentation.TFS.
ourania (26236) 2013-05-12 11:14
these colours are fantastic, each very attractive on its own, their combination is unusual and fascinating. A simple composition with a great graphical impact and a very effective dynamism created by your discreet use of perspective, the rich clashing colours and the geometrical play of light and shadow. The textures are quite charming and make the graphical impression real. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
Rafer (14883) 2013-05-13 10:03
Viva el rock and roll!!!! Great color and place!!! Greetings Rosemary!!!
jcpix (11398) 2013-05-14 14:48
Yes, here it is...this makes me happy to see it once again! :) I noticed this back when it was first posted and regretted not taking the time to comment, and was disappointed that I let it get away. The colors and textures are what caught my attention, and in a big way...what a great find and presentation. There is so much to enjoy about this picture, all of which is exemplified by a smashing composition. This really packs a punch, compliments on an outstanding image!