Visit From Bill, Athena, & Benito Steen Friday/iPhone Apps

Bill and Athena Steen are authors of The Strawbale House Book, which became a best seller and started the strawbale building movement in North America. The Steens live at the end of a road in the desert south of Tucson (not far from Patagonia, Arizona), a lovely compound of strawbale and adobe structures built of natural materials. I’ve been down there 3 times and this is the 1st time they’ve visited us in California. See their website here: https://www.caneloproject.com. Their work has been featured prominently in our books Home Work and Tiny Homes.

   Bill and I have gone out on a few photo shoots together in Arizona, he with his Nikon, me with my Canon. In recent years Bill has switched to shooting almost everything with his iPhone; he’d told me about it, but this time I got a chance to see it 1st hand. I didn’t even realize that my iPhone had an HDR (high dynamic range) option (if you’re shooting a scene with two sharply different contrasts — like an interior shot of the kitchen, with light streaming in through the windows). HDR takes 2 shots at different exposures and sandwiches them togetherv — right on the iPhone. Voila!

   Bill uses these iPhone apps:

-Photosync to load on to computer

-HDR3 which takes the pic

-Bracket Mode

-True HD

-SnapSeed (which he used to shoot this photo of Lesley and me):

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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