Sunday, February 5, 2012

Panoramic Goa

Creating panoramic views with a digital camera is simply a matter of stitching multiple shots together using software available with your camera or online. The horizontal sweep has to be kept as even as possible and adequate overlap has to be considered. The newer compacts create automatic panoshots, but all these pictures except for the Panjim market have been stitched together. This view shows the Church of St Francis of Assisi and the Se Cathedral at Old Goa. Please click on image for a larger picture.

The solitary surviving tower of the Our Lady of Grace Church-Augustinian Convent complex. What looks like a group of people in the foreground is actually a circle of plants.

The interior of the Panjim Municipal Market viewed from the upper level landing. A lot can happen in the time three shots are taken. The girl in red and black seen at bottom right strode across to the left quite quickly and can be seen in three places. This creates a kind of story in one picture, or separate frames telling one story, as practiced by pano photographers like Amit Pasricha. Part of Mario Miranda's towering mural can be seen in the background.

The sweeping vista below is a 180 degree view of Panjim landside. The jetty and waterfront restaurant is at the far left end and colonial era buildings housing government departments can be seen across the Avenida Dom Joao Castro.

The promenade along the Mandovi riverfront is delightful in the evenings, with a lot of traffic on both sides, on land and on water. While real life carries on landside, the river plays host to casino kitsch and noisy river cruise boats.

A concrete framed pergola graces Miramar's traffic circle. There's a pergola at the top of the Dona Paula spot too, with a splendid 360 degree view. This shot below is of the jetty at D'Paula.

Fort Aguada. This view from the top of a rampart wall shows the moat, water reservoir roof and the old lighthouse. The vaulted cistern below can hold over 10 million litres of water, a use that gave the fort its name. Aguada was a stopover point for ships in the past, to replenish their stock of H2O.

The Safa Masjid at Ponda has its own waterbody which lends its own green hue to the verdant surroundings.

The Margao Municipality building built in 1905 is easily the most beautiful and dignified edifice at the heart of Margao. More on this structure at an older post.



menopausal_ballerina said...

Been a while since i visited your blog last.

The panoramic shots are lovely. The tower is particularly beautiful..the flowers/leaves in the foreground lend a slight stone henge feel to the image..

Do you have any plans for these images? Publishing or even something online? (not to diss the blog in any way) but these pictures deserve more highlight.

Do you have any plans to publish something you are working on in the near future?

Jose Lourenco said...

Thanks, Ballerina. I did think of producing a book of panoshots of Goa, but thought it would take ages. So I just posted some here, to share their beauty.