The Southern California beaches are some of the states best. While living in Los Angeles I have had the opportunity to explore to many of Southern California's beaches and I have to say that Malibu is my favorite area and very photogenic. Just a few miles from busy and overfilled Santa Monica, there's nothing like a drive to Malibu or just along the Pacific Coast Hwy. Beautiful climate, gorgeous beach, you feel at ease right away and all worries wash away with the waves. With all the rain and stormy skies I thought it would be a great morning to photograph El Matador, my favorite Southern California beach. Sure enough the sky exploded in color as the sunrise began. It was one of those sunrises I didn't mind getting up early for. You can see why Malibu has some of the best beaches in Southern California.