Green and Peace – II

Historic church in a magical setting.

The Church of Mãe de Deus (Mother of God) in Pomburpa is among the oldest in Goa. Founded in 1590, it hews to the Mannerist Neo-Roman style.

The church is seen here from the island of Chorão; they are separated by a tributary of the Mandovi river (although you wouldn’t know it from this vantage point). The monsoon is an especially enchanting time in the area rewarding aficionados with an extended masterclass of green. I have worked this location for the past 8 years and the many exertions excursions have resulted in a respectable library of photos.

In the first composition a momentary hole in the clouds admits a spot of sunlight on the church. The third image furnishes an example of the depth of field attained to by a Tilt-Shift lens (via the Tilt movement).

Mãe de Deus church of Pomburpa, Goa

Mãe de Deus Church in Pomburpa, Goa, @ 400mm
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS

Mãe de Deus Church of Pomburpa, Goa

Monsoon green, @ 200mm
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Pomburpa church. Goa

Tilt-Shift lens, @ 90mm
5D Mark III, TS-E 90 f/2.8

Pomburpa church, Goa

Thick monsoon air, @ 80mm
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Pomburpa church, Goa

Mãe de Deus Church seen from Chorão, @ 50mm
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

  • Alhad Sardesai - July 9, 2014 - 12:53 am


    Wonderful post!!
    Chorao is my mother’s native village.
    The pictures brought back memories of my visit in May for the harvest of Mancurad mangoes
    Magical place…thanks again

    Alhad SardesaiReplyCancel

  • Mehernosh Shroff - July 1, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Thank you the pictures are beautiful , amazingReplyCancel

  • Ramona Parsani - June 30, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Wonderful photos…thank you for bringing a bit of Goa to me.ReplyCancel

  • MARGARIDA TAVORA E COSTA - June 30, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Dear Rajan,

    Gosh what awesome beauties your photographs of CHORAO…so clean and green..that is what our monsoons do to our landscapes.
    Felt so emotional to think that all is not yet lost…no garbage menace and ugly constructions around…hope it remains so.

    All the very best in your endeavours. You do make Goa proud. Keep them coming….

    Warm regards,

  • Vivek - June 25, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Photo taken from my home place…been seating at this place since childhood.
    Thanks Rajan Sir for this wonderful distance photos..
    I also saw your other post some years back on Chorao…Thank a lot.
    God bless you always 🙂ReplyCancel

  • jc - June 25, 2014 - 6:05 am

    Dear Rajanbab,

    The green rice fields and the tree covered hills are such a delight to behold. I know that sometime soon, some dummy will dump concrete on it and build something really ugly.



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