Sea Grove


sunset 1

sunset 1


We’re back from our wonderful trip to the Gulf. We stayed in Sea Grove which is located between Panama City and Destin. I’ve heard about many of you in the Northeast who have been trying to dig yourself out of the snow, and I would completely understand if you didn’t care to read any further.

The weather couldn’t have been any better. The nights and mornings were cool, but the days for the most part were in the seventies. There were a few people there but compared to the summer time, we had the beach to ourselves. It was just amazing.

Several mornings I got up early to photograph the sunrise, and the evening skies were filled with the most amazing sunsets.


sunset 2

sunset 2


In Alabama we live on a mountain. It is actually the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains which officially ends in the area. We have some amazing sunsets but sometime it is hard to find a spot to enjoy them. For an example, if you happen to be on the wrong side of the mountain, then you are out of luck. Your view may be blocked by houses or trees.





However, there is nothing to block your view when you overlook the Gulf. There is only sand and miles and miles of blue water.


Venus and Mercury

Venus and Mercury


One evening we were curious about a couple stars and decided to Google them. We discovered that both were planets. The larger is Venus and the smaller is Mercury. The two planets can be seen during this month just after the sun sets in the west for about thirty minutes. Then the two will turn red and slowly fade away.



Maybe you can help me!

I have a problem with one of my SD cards. This is a eight gig card. It was formatted before I began.  The card can’t be read from the camera or a card reader. It either doesn’t see the card or I ‘m asked to format it. However, I can view the RAW files on the back of my camera.

I’ve seen a similar problem before with an old point and shoot camera. We were able to retrieve them by taking them to Wolf Camera. However, that ended up costing $50. I was just laid off from my job, so I really need to find a low cost solution. Otherwise, I’ll just have to wait a while.

I’ve seen some programs designed to recover lost files. Is anyone familiar with a free or low cost version?









  1. Curt Fleenor November 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Great shots Phillip! I know what you mean about being on the wrong side of the mountains at sunset, happens to me all of the time. I wish I could help with the SD card issue but I’ve never run across this problem.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      Thank you Curt. I appreciate it!

  2. Adam Allegro November 8, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Wow, looks fantastic. I absolutely love that sailbot silhouette shot! The first is a bit too over HDR’d for my taste, but still looks nice. Really like that boat one though. Well done Phillip!

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      Thanks Adam. I understand about the first one. I’m not completely happy either. I’ll probably end up processing it again.

  3. Marc November 8, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Lovely colours in all these shots. Can’t beat sunset!

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 7:25 am #

      I appreciate it Marc. They were amazing.

  4. Jan Winther November 8, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    Amazing light in the first shot with the beams coming down. Great shot.

    Phillip, I googled your problem, and you might have done the same, but below is a url for a list of programs that might help. I would check out each one of them for a free trial, download that and see if it will do the trick. Hope that helps a bit.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 7:24 am #

      Thanks Jan. Last night I downloaded several recovery programs and none of them could find the images. I really hate that. Thanks for the link. It included some of the programs that I tried last night. I have more than 700 images on that card. 🙁

  5. Jimi Jones November 8, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Nice series of shots, Phillip. Awesome light beams in that first one and I adore that sailboat shot.

    Sorry about your SD card issue. What a bummer. Sounds like an initialization file (.INI) has become corrupt. I haven’t experienced this but did find a helpful article at I hope this somehow solves the issue for you.

    Good luck, man.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

      Thank you so much Jimi. I’ve read the article and it gave me several ideas that I want to try. I really appreciate it guy. I know that the images are on the card. I can thumb through all 727 of them. I’ll be sure to keep you updated when I do find a solution.

  6. A.Barlow November 8, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Nice set of images man. Loved those rays. The Venus shot is way cool.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks Aaron. After the sun finally set each evening, looking for Venus and Mercury became our evening ritual. It was really cool to actually realize what we were seeing.

  7. Len Saltiel November 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Wonderful images Phillip. Great colors and light.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      I appreciate it Len!

  8. Caryn Caldwell November 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Beautiful! I especially love the first one. The colors, especially.

    Good luck with your card!

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank Caryn. I’m sure that I’ll find a way to get the images of the card. I’m not too worried – yet!

  9. A Creative Adventure November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Phillip, Love the first shot and the sailboat.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks Denise. The sail boat is cool. I had found a spot where I wanted to photograph the sunset that evening. The only problem was that it was about a mile walk down the beach. So I had to decided just how late I wanted to stay and watch the color change before heading back. So I’m trying to walk back and stop and shoot a while, walk a while, then stop again. It was on this trip back that the sail boat got into this position.

  10. Edith Levy November 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Wonderful series of images Phillip. The sailboat shot is awesome and the light rays in the first shot is very cool. Sorry I can’t help with the SD card. I haven’t come across this problem.

    • Phillip November 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      Thanks Edith for the wonderful comment. I’m sure that the solution to the card problem will make it into a future post!

  11. DaniLew November 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Phillip, I absolutely love the sunset 1 with the God rays! I’m heading for the beach and much warmer weather on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I hope to capture as many great pictures as you did.

    • Phillip November 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      Thanks Dani! I’m sure that you will get some beautiful shots. I love the beach this time of the year. We rented bikes and rode on the bike trails it was great. I know that you will have a wonderful time!

  12. Mats November 15, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Great photos!

    I guess you have tried connecting the camera to the computer via usb cable?

    • Phillip November 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

      Thanks Mat!
      Yes I tried the cable. That was the problem. I’m glad to report that the new cable has come in and it works great. However, I think that I’m going to stick with my $7.99 solution. 🙂

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