Underwater photography must be the most difficult and trying form of photography. Today on the North Coast of California the seas were building, the wind starting to wind up and underwater was complete chaos! Being pushed four feet back and forth by the surge from the 5 foot waves above. I managed one usable shot after nearly an hour underwater. The reward was all the other things I saw but could not photograph. Abundant healthy abalone, rock fish, sculpins, sea anemones and one curious harbor seal that spied my dive buddy and I while we were suiting up. The seal joined us for several minutes during the dive, popping in and out of the murky visibility hoping we were spearfishing for an easy seal treat. The other great reward for the day was the surmise through the fog along the coast. This is well know but fitting, the best camera for the occasion is the one in hand.