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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

Blue Skies & Sportsball

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

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400

I’ve never really been into sports. Most times have ended with a mild concussion and bloody nose. But an empty court or field on a sunny afternoon still hits with a bit of nostalgia. The boredom of growing up.

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

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400

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

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400

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

Nikon FM 35mm on Lomography Color 400

Quality Trap Inn

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

I miss the days of the motels without the internal, sterilized corridors where people pass with averted eyes. Let’s step right outside the door to the room to have a smoke and catch that thick Georgia air. The cherry on top would be the sounds of kids playing chicken in the pool, while their parents make good use of that discount on the double queen room.

Places of nostalgia tend to draw me in. As a kid, I was excited to stay at one of the places during those summer trips to see family. There was always some sort of movement or activity. All I needed was a pool to break up those monotonous days in the car playing the license plate with my cousins because there was nothing else to do. If my grandfather had his way, we’d be at a Holiday Inn and I knew I’d be set with freedom…I mean pool.

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

I remember the glory days of this Quality Inn. After church on Sundays, the buffet would be packed. Over the decades, this spot has changed hands plenty of times. So it was fun to randomly stop one day and walk around with an expired roll of Kodak Gold in my camera. The place is run down and has plenty of weird characters hanging around. Kinda like 20 year old film pushed a bit more than it should be. I dipped out pretty quickly once the owner’s dog started barking and growling at me through one of the windows. It was good times.

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

I wasn’t sure how things would turn out pushing an expired roll of film that hadn’t been stored well. So I metered all the shots to be a bit on the overexposed side of things. I’m happy with having no expectations from shooting old film from eBay. Now to figure out what the other 11 expired rolls will be used for. Until then, enjoy your stay at the Quality Trap Inn.

Quality Trap Inn Kyle Troop Photography Blog

Nikon FM 35mm on Expired Kodak Gold 200 Pushed +1

Private Parking…Fuck Off Please

Private Parking Street Photography Kyle Troop

Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 35mm AIS f2.

Private parking garage street photography by Kyle Troop. Taken with a Nikon D750 on a moody cloudy day around downtown Cartersville. The storefronts of downtown are nice. But the spots out back are where to find the coolest views.

Country Club Views

Nikon FM 35mm on Kodak Professional Tri-X 400

Nikon FM 35mm on Kodak Professional Tri-X 400

It’s hard to beat these country club views. Lounging on the back patio with a roll of Tri-X 400 and a strong drink. If only others could aspire to this level of exclusivity. Shoot for the stars, kids.

Ten Swords EP from The Heretics

Out today!! This EP has been in the works since late 2018. I named it Ten Swords and getting this to the finish line has lived up to the name. The Heretics genuinely hope you enjoy these songs.

Links below 👇

Thanks to all the folks who helped.

Tracking – Faraday Recordings
Mixing & Mastering – Peter Catalano
Album Art – Oceaneater
Album Photo – Heretic Tiff
Licensing – 411 Music

🗡 Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/kyletroopandtheheretics/ten-swords

🗡 Bandcamp
https://kyletroopandtheheretics.bandcamp.com/album/ten-swords-ep

🗡 YouTube
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n4XfDqMszJMgdinrKcwdWQAQN0vzPmNTk

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

Tragic Magic Rules So Hard

I did this one with some friends. We call it Tragic Magic. These songs rule so hard.

Evan and I tracked all the instrumentals at my place. And then Tim did the vocals over at Evan’s spot. I mixed it. Evan mastered it.

 

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. 

Herbal Medicine AI

Herbal Medicine AI

HerbalMedicine.AI is a subscription membership website that gives access to AI chat bots trained on the educational material from Thomas Easley and the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. With chat bots for both students of the school and practicing herbal clinicians,...

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....