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Nikon FM - CineStill 400D

It’s hard not to enjoy walking around Atlanta on a sunny spring day. With a Nikon FM loaded up with a roll of CineStill 400D, I set out on a journey for coffee with some friends. And while getting coffee was successful, the real treasure was the street art we saw along the way. Soon these pieces of art will be gone, covered up, and replaced. Enjoys the views of the fleeting.

Nikon FM - CineStill 400D
Nikon FM - CineStill 400D
Nikon FM - CineStill 400D
Nikon FM - CineStill 400D
Nikon FM - CineStill 400D

Cold Takeout Guaranteed

Nikon FE - Kodak ColorPlus 200 - Kyle Troop 2023
Nikon FE - Kodak ColorPlus 200 - Kyle Troop 2023

It’s funny how many times I can pass by something before it jumps out as something I need to take a photo of. I remember this place being open years ago, when I worked not too far away from this spot. These were taken with a Nikon FE on Kodak Colorplus 200. And even with it being a bright, sunny day, I imagine someone would be waiting quite a while for hot takeout. Let me know if you get faster service than I did.

Nikon FE - Kodak ColorPlus 200 - Kyle Troop 2023
Nikon FE - Kodak ColorPlus 200 - Kyle Troop 2023
Nikon FE - Kodak ColorPlus 200 - Kyle Troop 2023

Ice Ice Baby

I’ve been eyeing this spot for a minute. Next to the liquor store, at the edge of the parking lot. Just waiting for me. There was a roll of 800T in my Nikon FE and it was still dark outside around 5am. This is also from my first roll of any sort of tungsten film. I definitely had fun with it.

Marvelous 3 Forever

Drum tech for Slug. This dude holds true to his name. I’ve never had more fun chasing broken drum parts and pouring beer into a Sharky’s sippy cup to keep it from spilling all over. Every show and every sound check was nothing but solid hits on that kit. Slug loves the drums, you can tell immediately when he plays. And to top it off, he’s the coolest motherfucker ever. Jayce & Butch, I love y’all, but I love Douglas Mitchell just a bit more. Marvelous 3 for fucking ever.

 

This was the first time I’ve ever taken a camera to a show. You know, venturing away from the usual crusty abandoned shit in the middle of nowhere that I find myself getting into. Between my iPhone and Nikon D750, it was a ton of fun getting some snaps of this art display masquerading as a rock show.

 

Getting to work on Slug’s Gretsch kit was a fantastic experience all around. My philosophy lines right up with how Slug approaches drums. The kit had an 16×24 kick with 9×13, 16×16, 16×18 toms, and a Ludwig Black Beauty 6.5×14 snare. The kick and snare were set up to be clear and cutting, while the toms were thunderous and powerful. These drums easily sounded larger than life in both rooms, The Tabernacle Atlanta and House of Blues Chicago.

 

Brittany Bossert Concert Photographer Marvelous 3 Reunion Tabernacle Atlanta 2023

Photo by Brittany Bossert Concert Photographer

Apparitions & Double Vision

Lubitel adventures and ghost hunting with a double exposure treat that looks great in that 6×6 medium format size on Kodak Gold with the wood paneling of the room setting everything else up just right.

Cabin Spaces

Wandering around Wellspring Mountain is one of my favorite things to do. One of the unoccupied cabins was just sitting there ready for a few snaps on the Kodak UltraMax I had in my Nikon FE. 

Riding Around On Expired Gold

A few views of an afternoon riding around the warehouses in town with a new (to me) Nikon FE and a roll of Kodak Gold that expired in 2002. Pretty sure the lease was a Nikon 35mm f2 AIS. I intentionally over exposed a little, or a little more depending on the shot. These turned out better than I was expecting fo unpredictable film and the first roll through a new camera. Expired film is a blast.

Towed

Might need a tow. I think they’ve been sitting there a few.

It’s always a blast grabbing the Nikon FM as I’m headed out the door. I know there will be something cool to see. This time it was captured on Lomography Lady Grey 400. 

De Soto Hotel Light Leak

There’s always something to see driving through downtown Kingston. The De Soto Hotel still has its charm. I’d very much like to see this place brought back to life with either a small hotel or restaurant. But even as it sits, the vibe of the area is welcoming.

So with 4 shots of Lomochrome Metropolis left in a camera that was known to need the seals replaced, I went for it. Pretty cool how it turned out with the light streak running straight down on the ramp in the sidewalk. I might hold off on replacing the seals in this Nikon EM.

First Roll of JCH StreetPan

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

I picked up a few rolls of Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan with the best intentions of shooting a roll or two pretty quickly for the fun of it. Then it got thrown in a box and forgotten about for a few months. When I came across it again, I threw it in my Nikon FM with a 28mm f2.8 Nikkor AIS lens and took off. Here’s a few from the first roll.

I dig the vibe of JCH StreetPan. Usually going for color, this black & white film has pulled me in to reaching for something like this more often than I have before. Now that I’ve seen first hand how StreetPan handles, I’ve got a good idea on how I’d like to use this film in the future. 

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

Nikon FM on Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400

My Adventures With Superman

Any Superman/DC fans out there?
 
I’ve been sitting on this for a hot minute. Check out the theme song for the new My Adventures With Superman coming to Adult Swim, Max, and Toonami in July. You just might hear some Kyle Troop & The Heretics.
 
It was a blast getting to work with the creators of the show and write some 90s pop punk that would be just right for running out of the Daily Planet and flying off to save Metropolis. There may have been discussions of the original Thundercats for inspiration too.
 
Pretty cool working with Warner Brothers Animation after seeing that logo slapped on most of the cartoons I watched as a kid.
 
Oh yeah…it’s all Orange Amplifiers and SJC Drums on this jam.

The Local Wildlife

Nikon FE on Lomography Color Negative 800

You just never know what you’re going to find roaming the streets of town around here. I know the government released coyotes in the 70s. But I didn’t realize there’s a flourishing t-rex population keeping it pretty low key.

It’s fun to wonder around on sleepy afternoons when everyone else is home or at work. Finding those golden times is the only way to find these gems unoccupied. The t-rex and cow were taken with a Nikon FE through a Nikkor 35mm AIS lens on Lomo Color 800. The bird was taken with a Petri Racer rangefinder that has a 45mm lens on Kodak Portra 400.

Just keep an eye out for the local wildlife.

Nikon FE on Lomography Color Negative 800

Petri Racer Rangefinder on Kodak Portra 400

Industrial Remnants

Mamiya 645 1000s on Illford HP5+

They’re almost like ancient giants hiding in plain sight. Just about anywhere you go, there they are. Keeping watch from the forgotten and overlooked places where nature has reclaimed. But the gate was open. And now the abandoned space let its presence be known.

Mamiya 645 1000s on Illford HP5+

I’ve passed by this place a handful of times on the way to another spot I like to check out often. But the light was always too harsh, or the weather wasn’t good. So when a minimally overcast day came along and I was riding around with a couple cameras, it lined to to grab a few shots.

These types of structures are easy to ignore while still maintained and operational. Once vacant and run down, the personalities emerge. Taking time to stop and poke around often yields some cool results. 

The black and white photos were taken with a Mamiya 645 1000s on Illford HP5+. The 35mm color shots were taken with a Nikon EM on Lomochrome Metropolis. This was my first time both using HP5 on medium format and shooting on Lomo Metropolis at all. I’m pleased with how everything turned out with capturing the vibe of the environment of this abandoned place.

Nikon EM on Lomochrome Metropolis

Nikon EM on Lomochrome Metropolis

Nikon EM on Lomochrome Metropolis

Just Walk In

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4 Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4

This building catches my eye each time I drive past. It used to be tucked in a little better with a bank previously sitting on the lot next door. As other structures are pulled down, this spot keeps on keeping on. So on a rainy weekend day, I thought I’d check it out and snap a few photos.  I also had a roll of Lomochrome Metropolis on hand for this. But that’s for another time…when I develop the film.

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4 Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4 Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4 Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4 Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4

Lowgap Tree Farm

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 800 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 800

While it’s always a good time to get to drive up to the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine up at Wellspring Mountain, fall is especially enjoyable. At the foot of the mountain is a sleepy tree farm with all sorts of things reaching up to the sun. On the way out, we pulled off the the side of the road to snap a few photos. About the time I was packing it up to leave, the farmer cruises by on his Polaris Ranger. He stops to say hello and make sure weren’t broke down. Once it was out that I was snapping a few photos, he started listing off more spots to check into. Good people.

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 800 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 800

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 800

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 800

This last one is from the first roll I put thru the Mamiya 645. While I was getting used to a new setup, I still think this one is kinda cool. So it’s going to take up a few kilobytes of server space for your moderate viewing pleasure.

Mamiya 645 1000s Medium Format 120 on Kodak Gold 200 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Mamiya 645 1000s Medium Format 120 on Kodak Gold 200

Building A

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400

I’ve always enjoyed riding past this building. For decades it has caught my eye. As it turns out, I like mid-century government buildings. And I like taking photos of them too. Go figure. So when I had the opportunity to stop one cold December day, I took it.

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400

I’ve almost always have a Nikon 35mm SLR with me. But on this day, I had a new (to me) Lubitel 166b to try out. Not bad for a try with my first waist level camera.

Lubitel 166b Medium Format 120 on Kodak Gold 200 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Lubitel 166b Medium Format 120 on Kodak Gold 200

Jubilee. Ford, not Marshall.

Nikon FM 35mm on Fomapan 100 Classic pushed +1 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Fomapan 100 Classic pushed +1

Took a walk around the barn to see the Jubilee. It’s been on the farm for decades, and was perfect to playground with a pushed roll of black and white film in my Nikon FM.

Nikon FM 35mm on Fomapan 100 Classic pushed +1 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Fomapan 100 Classic pushed +1

Nikon FM 35mm on Fomapan 100 Classic pushed +1 | Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Fomapan 100 Classic pushed +1

ATL Illustrations

ATL Illustrations

It's hard not to enjoy walking around Atlanta on a sunny spring day. With a Nikon FM loaded up with a roll of CineStill 400D, I set out on a journey for coffee with some friends. And while getting coffee was successful, the real treasure was the street art we saw...

Cold Takeout Guaranteed

Cold Takeout Guaranteed

It's funny how many times I can pass by something before it jumps out as something I need to take a photo of. I remember this place being open years ago, when I worked not too far away from this spot. These were taken with a Nikon FE on Kodak Colorplus 200. And even...

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

I've been eyeing this spot for a minute. Next to the liquor store, at the edge of the parking lot. Just waiting for me. There was a roll of 800T in my Nikon FE and it was still dark outside around 5am. This is also from my first roll of any sort of tungsten film. I...

Marvelous 3 Forever

Marvelous 3 Forever

Slug post incoming. This dude holds true to his name. I’ve never had more fun chasing broken drum parts and pouring beer into a Sharky’s sippy cup to keep it from spilling all over. Every show and every sound check was nothing but solid hits on that kit. Slug loves...

Apparitions & Double Vision

Apparitions & Double Vision

Lubitel adventures and ghost hunting with a double exposure treat that looks great in that 6×6 medium format size on Kodak Gold with the wood paneling of the room setting everything else up just right.

Cabin Spaces

Cabin Spaces

Wandering around Wellspring Mountain is one of my favorite things to do. One of the unoccupied cabins was just sitting there ready for a few snaps on the Kodak UltraMax I had in my Nikon FE. 

Bumped into Bryan

Bumped into Bryan

Bryan is one of the homies. We've been friends since around 2009. So when he's in town, I'm heading to hang out. Bryan was out with Enslaved, who were playing the Variety Playhouse. And of course, I sunny day during the spring is the perfect time to grab a camera and...

Interview with Cartersville Daily Tribune

Interview with Cartersville Daily Tribune

This is pretty rad! James at The Daily Planet, I mean Cartersville Daily Tribune, gave me a call the other day to talk about the new Superman theme song, Kyle Troop & The Heretics, and rock & roll. Check out the article...

Riding Around On Expired Gold

Riding Around On Expired Gold

A few views of an afternoon riding around the warehouses in town with a new (to me) Nikon FE and a roll of Kodak Gold that expired in 2002. Pretty sure the lease was a Nikon 35mm f2 AIS. I intentionally over exposed a little, or a little more depending on the shot....

Towed

Towed

Might need a tow. I think they've been sitting there a few. It's always a blast grabbing the Nikon FM as I'm headed out the door. I know there will be something cool to see. This time it was captured on Lomography Lady Grey 400.