Mark Tucker : Journal

Vegas area: Day Three

Posted in Personal by marktucker on June 19, 2009

The days are blurring together now. I started the day at Badwater and Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, then ended up in Tecopa, California, and Shoshone. I took in a strange hot bath at Tecopa, somewhat spur of the moment, but the water was 106 and I only lasted about fifteen minutes, (since the air temp was about 100!).

Anyway, my friend Jim Herrington turned me on to Tecopa and the hot springs, (and the China Ranch dates). The town of Tecopa has got a bit of a Salton Sea vibe to it — lots of strange campers and abandoned buildings, but it’s also charming in a way, too. You’d almost think that Roy Stryker was the mayor — everything feels kinda 1945 and WPA/FSA. You look off into the distance, and the deepest valley is either pure white sand, (or salt). A stunning view. I can’t imagine how anyone would have stumbled on it, but the hot springs guy said it’s all the rage in wintertime.

Anyway, here are three quickie frames. The color might be weird — I’m using a new version of CaptureOne, and not sure I’ve got it nailed. I think they’re sRGB, but not sure. Two frames from Tecopa, and one frame from Badwater.

Badwater, at sunrise, (with some other random photographer who stood in the right spot).

Badwater, at sunrise, (with some other random photographer who stood in the right spot).

Self-Service Laundry. Tecopa, California.

Self-Service Laundry. Tecopa, California.

Campground parking lot, Tecopa, California.

Campground parking lot, Tecopa, California.

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  1. todaysnewsart said, on June 20, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Wow, this is so gorgeous. The first one is really breath taking–the person is so tiny! It’s truly such a beautiful place–everybody should go out West at least once in their life, preferably to take pictures.

  2. ninelle said, on August 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    enjoyed these, beautiful!!!

  3. […] minute exposure under a full moon. Many thanks to Mark Tucker and Tim Baskerville for recommending a stop in Tecopa. I will definitely be going back: between the […]

  4. flats to rent in birmingham said, on August 4, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I love Vegas but never really seen it from this point of view.

  5. Lise Baker said, on February 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I was born and raised in this area and have moved away and become a photographer myself. used to go to Sunday school at that little Tecopa church. I’m so happy to see that someone else sees the immense beauty that this place has to offer, and has captured it so well. Wonderful images, i miss the desert so much. Lise

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