Day 74

Neighbours’ terrace in the early afternoon sun:

Shadows everywhere including my finger partially obscuring the lens… it was very sunny so I couldn’t really see clearly what I was doing. I rather enjoyed todays view, the chairs leaving pretty cool shadows, the whole place somehow looks more dynamic. So there I was snapping away and practicing with Synthcam when the cat appeared again:

For 70 days I see no cat on neighbourhood watch and then two sightings in a couple of days. Of course, with synthcam, the cat can barely be discerned – it’s just to the left of table.

And then it went to its watering hole to cool itself off in the early afternoon sun. (if reading out loud, please employ best David Attenborough voice)

It looked about, it drank some more and then it disappeared. Think I can now legitimately change ‘neighbourhood terrace watch’ to ‘life on terrace watch’.

Let’s finish with an instagram – accidental cat sighting deserves photo-overload:

Day 73

The weather is doing all sorts of things today. The weather, however doesn’t have a huge amount of impact on the terrace other than making the ‘laundry’ wet or dry.


The wind does move bits of rubbish about, like the old coke bottle and old food packaging. Every few days something new comes into my vision, like the blue cardboard packaging – to the left of the top chair. Wonder where that came from?

As I took some pictures with the normal iphone cam and some with the synthcam, I decided to play with the effects and give the terrace a soft and hard feel. Here is the soft:

And here is the hard:

Look at all that filth!

The final terrace ‘look’ for today I rather like, with the overemphasised red of the chairs and the blurriness of everything else.

Day 71, still looking down

Think I am finally beginning to get the hang of SynthCam, it’s all about little movements & baby steps.

Seems to have worked this morning, there is less of a vortex in this picture. Still quite blurred so decided to exaggerate the softness around the edges.

Otherwise no change on the terrace, the ‘laundry’ still out, jeans and the green sock still unwanted. I’ve been hoping to see signs of life, at least in the ‘pond’ formed in the seat of the green chair (having remained for over a month now, I think it can be classified as a ‘pond’) but haven’t had any luck there. One can only continue to hope…

This morning’s still photographs also worked quite well with more lomo. Since more lomo effects very much depend on the time of the day and weather, lomography doesn’t always work on terrace watch. Today we have an overload. I also used tilt shift effects but not much else.

Perhaps it could be said that I am developing an obsession with blue-ish pic corners?

And finally, a nice little instagram:

Day 67

Funny weather today – sunny/rain/hot/cloudy/ every kind of weather rolled into one Sunday. Neighbourhood terrace watch completed earlier in the day although there are some new-ish neighbours next door with yapping dogs who’ve decided that now is the time to sort out their garden. Makes it harder to conduct neighbours terrace watch as don’t want these other neighbours to think I am spying on them! Oh, the perils of terrace watch…

As there is nothing actually happening on the terrace, I must make my own entertainment here so thought I’d try a ‘normal picture’ with iphone:

And then I’d try a SynthCam picture – recently downloaded and I am in need of a lot of practice with it. Have never been able to keep hands very steady:

Both pictures use exactly the same filter on Pixlromatic too and both had previously been sharpened a little with photoshop. I love how one is very soft and almost dreamy whilst the other presents the harsh reality that is the filth and grime of the terrace.