Micro Panorama Thumbnail for Social Sharing Sites

Best Of 2009

(January 1st - December 30th, 2009)

Keiji Yokotani


Jan van der Woning

Start of Procession in Nda Mariam Orthodox Church

Asmara, Eritrea, Africa

November 30, 2009, 10.00 am

Loading panorama viewer ...
Configuring ...

© 2010 Jan van der Woning, All Rights Reserved.

Each Orthodox church has a particular day during the year when a Saint's day is celebrated. This holiday is known as "Nigdet." For the Nda Mariam Orthodox Cathedral in Asmara, dedicated to the Saint Mary, the date for Nigdet is November 30th of each year.

The neighbourhood is fully mobilized to welcome guests and worshipers. A festival atmosphere prevails, contacts are renewed and friendships are further strengthened. Families visit families, with gifts, as a gesture of goodwill and love.

It gave me a good taste of the devotion and the beliefs of the people. At the moment the panorama is taken the procession just started.

Around noon the ceremony finished and the people returned to their houses to celebrate Nigdet with their family, drinking suwa and sharing a meal.
More panoramas

Homepage website

Africa / Eritrea

Lat: 15° 20' 23.41" N
Long: 38° 56' 40.47" E

Elevation: 2050 meter

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Nikon D70, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, PTGui Pro, Photoshop CS3, Pano2QTVR, Flexify
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
I was invited to be ready at 8 o’clock a.m. and was driven to the church. I did not take a tripod or my other gear, only my camera with a 18-70 zoom and the 10,5 Nikor fish-eye. I was guided into the church by Paulo and could make panoramas in guerrilla style during this event. That is rotate on the top of my foot, carefully positioning the camera above the rotating point. Making more overlap (10 pictures instead the normal 6) then normally, made it possible to match the mismatch. After stitching in Ptgui with layers and retouching the layers in Photoshop this panorama could be finished.

PLEASE RESPECT THE ARTIST’S WORK. All images are copyright by the individual photographers, unless stated otherwise. Use in any way other than viewing on this web site is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the individual photographer. If you're interested in using a panorama, be it for non-profit or commercial purposes, please contact the individual photographer. The WWP can neither negotiate for, nor speak on behalf of its participants. The overall site is copyright by the World Wide Panorama Foundation, a California Public Benefit Corporation. Webdesign © by Martin Geier www.geiervisuell.com