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Renowned National Geographic Photographer Sam Abell talks about learning to wait longer when he knows there is a picture to be made but all of the ingredients are not yet present. This October morning was the fifth consecutive morning I had driven 30 miles to Litltle Point Sable Lighthouse to shoot a scene I had composed on the first day. The light was sharp, the westerly wind was building up some great waves into repetitive patterns and the clouds looked powerful and stunning. I knew the final ingredient would be for one of the beams of light traveling between breaks in the moving clouds to fall upon the lighthouse. After 100 cold minutes, a bright beam appeared headed my way. As it hit the lighthouse I began shooting. A few seconds later the light also lit the dune grass in front of my camera and tripod. For about five seconds, one of the most glorious shoreline scenes I had ever witnessed lay before me. Then the magic light moved on and the scene became so much less moving.

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