Streets of Vadodara

Streets of Vadodara. This photo was taken mere hours before disaster struck. Not going to into that right yet though. I actually went out to get more photos of the cows wandering around in the streets. Just before I shot this I got some good video of a cow walking down the middle of the road, traffic surrounding it. A couple of local guys were looking at me like I was crazy to be making a video of a cow. I had to explain to him that where I am from the cows stay on the farm and don’t walk the streets. From their reaction they looked like they didn’t believe me and were just humouring me.

This is a 13 second exposure. I had to play around with different lengths of time to get just the right light trails from the cars. There is also a large element of luck involved as there is no way to predict the traffic. Although this is a single image I processed it in Aurora HDR Pro. I’m really liking how the layers work in Aurora. In Photoshop there are a lot more steps involved in creating a layer and masking it out. In Aurora I simply create the layer, make any adjustments I want for that layer, then paint the adjustments onto the image. Layer opacity is easy to change after the fact.

I have to say when I first started using Aurora the layers confused me, but now I like them way more. If only Aurora had an exposure slider…

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at