Embracing the unexpected: I let my free trial of scanner software auto-correct my redscale shots of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
I made the move from Ohio to North Carolina last July. I carefully packed my plastic cameras, some still loaded with film, and relocated my life to Asheville. My cameras sadly remained packed in a plastic bin for a month as I adjusted to the move and settled into my new home. After a while, I began to feel symptoms of lomo withdrawal and broke out my Fisheye No. 2 to visit the Biltmore Estate. I was hoping to capture the grand size and architecture of the mansion with its wide-angle lens. I visited, happily snapped up the remaining roll, and dropped off the film at the drugstore to be processed.
When I retrieved my processed film, I was a little disappointed – the film that I had left in my Fisheye was Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, not regular color negative as I had thought. But embracing the unexpected, I said “okay, whatever” and took it home and popped in in my CanoScan 9000f to see what images it produced. I clicked on my scanner’s software icon…and nothing. My computer moaned, groaned, spit, paced, whined, and finally decided it just wasn’t going to run the scanning software I wanted it to. I scoured the internet for a compatible replacement software download that would allow me to see what I had on my film. None were suitable, as I had no money to spend on expensive software. I was getting impatient.
I begrudgingly embraced the unexpected again and downloaded a free trial version of VueScan. To avoid watermarks, I used only the basic tools of the scanner software – which meant I had limited control over the settings it applied to my images. VueScan decided it wanted to auto-correct my redscaled Fisheye images using white balance, which gave me grainy, blue images. At first I was frustrated – after all, technology was foiling my plans! Finally, after scanning and rescanning, I embraced the unexpected once more. I said “okay, whatever…” and the Biltmore Blue Collection was born.
Even though they weren’t the images I wanted or was expecting, I guess that’s part of what it’s all about.
.bq Opened to the public on Christmas Eve 1895, the Vanderbilt Estate (otherwise known as Biltmore) is America’s largest home and a popular tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. The estate includes a mansion built by George Vanderbilt, expansive gardens, a winery, concert series, and shopping. To learn more about the Biltmore estate, visit www.biltmore.com.