I say old school because this style of pruning is ... wait for it ... old. It's called head pruning because the vines end up looking like green and leafy heads. Basically they're like rose trees - in which a vine is made to believe it's an upright tree. Quite different from modern vineyard practice and these vines were retained because they're old, they're neat to look at, and they still "work".
If you're interested in viewing them for yourself, they're to the right of the main entrance at Concannon Vineyards in Livermore California. One of the oldest continuously operating vineyards in the United States.
There are those who say the papers are dying. And with them, the possibility of a cartooning career based on "funnies in the papers". And to them I say ... yup, you're correct. I'm bringing the morning paper to my neighbor who's in the hospital. And he's 80+ years old. That's the current demographic of folks who "buy newspapers". And here's a picture of the fantastically large, heavy, jam-packed with articles, news, coupons, editorials and cartoons broadsheet that I'm bringing to him. I may need a wheelbarrow to help me get it there, it's so overwhelming. Ouch! I think I threw out my back lifting it!
OMG. I just now, after years of using Waze, started poking around the app. And found that under "routes" (once you find it) you could see alternate routes laid out. WHAT a discovery! Today I'm going to do a wine country jaunt, okay? And the winery that I was aiming to start at is way up on Rt 128 in the middle of sleepy, scenic vineyard action. I asked Waze how to get there and it answered 1 hr and 37 minutes along Rt 101, a boring BORING highway and just blast up to Healdsburg and then cut over. Fine. But I had been planning on a far more scenic route.
Well, interestingly enough, Waze had that route as the 3rd listed choice. Hidden down in the menu. One I never knew it calculated and only just now uncovered in the previously mentioned "routes". Exactly the way I'd have chosen, up along the famous Rt 29 through the Napa Valley, past Calistoga and then the winding and beautiful drive along Rt 128 to the winery. And how long would this FAR more soul soothing trip take? 1 hr and 39 minutes! A whole 1.8% longer. Two freakin' minutes.
Waze needs another setting. Let's call it "Beautiful Drive" and assign it an equal worth to a 10% time penalty. I'd have that one active by default.
I was looking through Yelp recently as part of a wine trip. And when I was checking out the pics for Goldeneye Vineyard I came across a bunch that were just KILLED with red. I'm supposing there was some kind of red umbrella filtering all the light. Anyway, this is that it looked like:
Crazy bad, right? I immediately wondered "Hmmm, can I photo correct that?" And then proceeded to do it three different ways. I thought I'd let you know the most effective of the three in this morning's quick "how to fix crappy photos" lesson.
Step one - bring it into Photoshop.
Step two: open Channel Mixer. A bit of background needed here. Your monitor and your TV and your phone, etc, all create their color images with just three components - something that glows red, something that glows green and something that glows blue. RGB. That's all you need. And so this Photoshop tool looks at these three color channels. What I've done below is open the Channel Mixer and then chosen Red as the output channel. And I slid the Red slider to 61%. So what that means is that I'm saying "take what red there was originally and output only 61% of that". The images changes as shown:
Already it looks better but also dimmer. We'll fix the dim in the end. But first, on to the other channels! Punch up the previously weak and almost not present Green slider to 140%. Boost that green!
Next, boost the blues in the same manner. Select blue as the output and slide the slider up:
Ah ha! That picture looks pretty good now, doesn't it? Time to brighten. To do that I'm going to choose curves. This lets me smoothly alter how much brighter I want things to be. The darkest darks and the lightest lights stay the same and all the rest in between get increased, most strongly in the mid-tones:
And with that, I'm done. A pretty reasonable pic from what was a pretty horrendously bad one. The power of color alchemy!