The Mae de Deus Church at Saligao, Goa.

As a former Portuguese colony, Goa is covered with hundreds of these brilliant white churches.

Over the years I’ve driven past this church countless times on my way to Calangute, Goa. It’s only this time that I had my camera with me. Next time I hope to get it against the brilliant blue skies of Goa.

This beautiful Gothic structure has been amidst us for the past 127 years. The foundation stone was laid on 7.2.1867.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    Awesome work Vikram.

  • Wow that was quick Don!!
    Thanks so much!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thank you so much – really appreciate your visiting and commenting!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeabout 4 years ago

    Excellent pov and lens choice…great comp, full of drama

  • Thanks so much Richard!
    I suspect you’ve figured that this my fav lens!
    I was going to shoot it from an angle to get the entire church building as it’s really beautiful, then I saw the cloud movement and had to back away till I found a suitable balance.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic contrast and POV!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Mukesh – I’m sure you’ve been to Goa and seen these wonderful churches.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 4 years ago

    Love the perspective on this, Vikram. Specially against that sky, Would love to see the blue of Goa :-)

  • Thanks Maureen – tried to ensure that the cross was against the white part of the cloud.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Vikram and I always love to hear the history behind things :)

  • Thanks Shelly – Goa is certainly a place you’ll love then. There’s the fab beaches as well as centuries old history from when the Portugese had colonised Goa as well as from the period before that.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Just outstanding my friend.

  • Thank you so much! Really appreciate your viewing and commenting on my pics!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • blueeyesjus
    blueeyesjusabout 4 years ago

    SO expertly and beautifully framed Vik, love how the vernaculars reflect each other, wonderful sky too, nice work my friend

  • Cheers Jus – took a little while to get the framing right here – glad it appears to have worked!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful picture Vikram!

  • As always, thank you so much for your support David!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Manuel Gonçalves
    Manuel Gonçalvesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful. The grey sky adds loads of drama to the image.

  • Thank you so much Manuel! (and I did end up googling Ernst Haas)

    – Vikram Franklin

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