Quality Trap Inn

Jan 17, 2023 | Blog, Photoblog, Photography

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

Gold Diamonds Guns

Gold Diamonds Guns

It's like a Transplants song just writing itself in the parking lot of this pawn shop. I was out riding around intentionally looking to burn some film. But I didn't expect to come upon this gem. The "Absolutely No Profanity" sign was the cherry on top. Taken with a...

Closed This Week

Closed This Week

I often find myself riding around the roads and areas of where I grew up. If there's an hour or two with nothing going on, I'll be grabbing a camera and my keys. This time I headed up highway out of town when I spotted this one. I've seen the building for years. But a...

El Camino Out in the Wild

El Camino Out in the Wild

Didn't expect to see a rad El Camino in front of a skate shop on a random Saturday afternoon in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. But I did. And I had a camera. So here we are. Taken with a Nikon FE 35mm on Kodak Portra 400. 

When In Metropolis

When In Metropolis

After passing by the signs for Metropolis, IL a good handful of times, I decided to check it out on my way to St. Louis. Traffic earlier in the day kept me from getting there in time to go to the Super Museum before it closed. But the town was cool and the World's...

No Unauthorized Dumping

No Unauthorized Dumping

If I drive past this spot, I'm stopping to take a photo. Couldn't tell you how many photos I have of this place. Every time I find a new detail that wasn't there before. So much activity for a tiny abandoned building in a wide open gravel lot.  Some of these are taken...

The Park and HP5

The Park and HP5

Summer mornings in the south are the best time to get out while the humidity is still low enough to not immediately fog up my camera. On this late summer morning I took the opportunity. Grabbed a Nikon FM and a roll of Illford HP5+ to take with me. I'm not very sports...

ATL Illustrations

ATL Illustrations

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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...