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Bondi to Bronte: Creative Inspiration & 7 Days of Sunrise.

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Sunrise Beach Volleyball - Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious
Sunrise Beach Volleyball – Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious
What a magical start to Wednesday!
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I hit the backstreets of South Bondi and Tamarama on my sunrise Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk this morning to get the glutes and quads firing, which makes my butt feel like a ripe peach at Harris Farms on market day and kickstarts the endorphins firing through my system by the time I start shooting out the back of Tamarama Beach, as the sun rises over the ocean and I walk down the hill from above to Bronte Beach.
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I had an energising week of little wins last week, with several prospective biz opportunities that I’m hoping will come into a fruition over the coming weeks and months, PLUS I’m launching a new business venture within the next 7 days – you know that I’m into it and firing on all cylinders when I carve out time on a Saturday afternoon to register various domain names, the business name and lock-in all of the brand new social media handles across all platforms. You’re going to love this – it’s going to make you crack up with laughter and give you squeals of joy when you see it. Watch this space!
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That combined with 7 x sunrise walks and 7 x lunchtime bodysurfing sessions in the 7 days from Monday to Sunday last week, had me flowing with energy and joy, so I was well ready for a 3.5 hour sunrise photography walk this morning after being stuck inside of the wet & cold, blustery winter weather of Bondi Beach the past 2 days (yes, it happens sometimes in winter) 😁✨
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I met Maria at Bronte Beach just after sunrise and we had lovely little chats, whilst capturing silhouettes of waves against the Mackenzies Point and North Bondi backdrop, bumped in Uge AKA Aquabumps at Bronte Beach and a bunch of different peeps back on my home turf on the promenade at Bondi Beach, including one of my Instagram followers Kirsten, whom I’d never met in person before. She stopped me to say hi and tell me how much she loves my pics. Thank you! (Do it, don’t be shy, peeps – it makes my day every single time). I love our little Bondi Beach community!
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As we speak, I’m editing this morning’s images with a smile on my face and you’ll note that I’ve given the captures some rustic yellows and deep, sky blues in Lightroom, as to me they fit the vibe this morning – coming out into the light of a beautiful sunrise after a stormy few days and the sea is still quite wild. Can you guess which shots are my faves?
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I am looking forward to my lunchtime bodysurfing sesh and excited for the beautiful weather forecasted for the week ahead!
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Happy Wednesday everybody!
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xo Dan AKA @hotndelicious.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
All images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS lens.
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Prints available upon request.
• Print – 60cm x 40cm – $250 + GST.
• Framed Print – 60cm x 40cm – $375 + GST.
• Custom sizes and different frames are also available.
Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious 
Stream @hotndelicious | The Entrepreneurship Podcast or follow @hotndelicious on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: https://linktr.ee/hotndelicious

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Sunrise Beach Volleyball - Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious
Sunrise Beach Volleyball – Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious

 

From the backstreets of Tamarama to Bondi Beach. Cracking sunrise Sydney!

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Secret spot out the back of Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious
Secret spot out the back of Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious
From the backstreets of Tamarama to Bondi Beach. Cracking sunrise, Sydney!
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After the dirty-ass, stormy winter weather last week, I set myself a goal to smash out sunrise photography walks and bodysurfing every single day this week. Got to earn those weekend bevies (and the shhhh… weekday COVID lockdown brews 😁🤦‍♂️ 🤫) , plus I’m a massive foodie and loves a hot dinner too! 😆🥳
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On my sunrise photography walks, I predominantly decide on the fly which route I’m going to walk & shoot (I’ll even change mid-walk), as I adore the spontaneity of a life lived in the moment and that’s how I shoot my photography too. It keeps it fresh, makes me feel more present, which in turn builds a feeling of zen and I find that it generates even higher levels of excitement, when I discover and snap so many amazing, spontaneous moments in time (as I did this morning) by going with the flow and just seeing where the mood and shoot takes me.
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I hit a couple of my favourite secret spots out the back of Tamarama Beach, captured surfers riding beautiful sets into Bronte Beach – shot from the park bench in front of Tamarama SLSC (check out the one with the salmon jumping out of the water in front of the dude about to fall off his surfboard!!! Seriously!!!!!) and on the home stretch, I walked up and over the hill at Mackenzies Point to soak up surfers making the most of every last second of the golden waves at high tide in South Bondi. 2 hours of absolute bliss. This morning was fire!
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Love you Bondi!
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xo Dan AKA @hotndelicious.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
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Prints available upon request.
• Print – 60cm x 40cm – $250 + GST.
• Framed Print – 60cm x 40cm – $375 + GST.
• Custom sizes and different frames are also available.
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All images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS lens.
Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious 
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Secret spot out the back of Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious
Secret spot out the back of Tamarama Beach by @hotndelicious

 

Big Wave Surfing the massive waves at Ben Buckler!

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Big Wave Surfer braves massive swell at Ben Buckler by @hotndelicious
Big Wave Surfer braves massive swell at Ben Buckler by @hotndelicious
BIG Wave Surfer! 🏄‍♂️🌊🌈
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Shot from across Bondi Bay at Mackenzies Point, I didn’t even realise that I’d captured this local big wave surfer braving the massive conditions off North Bondi Rocks yesterday until I sat down at my desk in Bondi Beach to edit the images in Lightroom! True story!
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I’d actually set-up my monopod and Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS lens with the intent of capturing images of the towering waves exploding over Ben Buckler and the massive swell rolling in to Bondi Beach. I hadn’t even spotted the 2-3 surfers that were out there!
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The shot was zoomed in on Ben Buckler, I had it framed, focused and was so I focused on timing the waves to get them exactly where I wanted in frame, that I had no idea that I’d captured this little snapshot in time. Check out the gallery of images below and you’ll see to sequence of big wave surfer shots, as well as the original larger scale images framed as I was originally shooting for.
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I’m not much of a surfer myself, however I’ve been in the ocean bodysurfing for as long as I can remember from my time as a little kid in Perth (Western Australia) to today, where I still swim daily in Bondi Beach (where the waves will allow) and soak up the thrill, the endorphins, a moment in time and joyous little shot of pure ecstasy every single time that I’m riding a wave.
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Just like the ocean, I love it when my photography surprises me, it feeds me joy almost daily and brought a massive smile to my face yesterday to discover this little gem on my lens!
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One Wave is all it takes. Happy Fluro Friday y’all! 🏄‍♂️🌊🌈✨ 
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xo Dan AKA @hotndelicious.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
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Prints available upon request.
• Print – 60cm x 40cm – $250 + GST.
• Framed Print – 60cm x 40cm – $375 + GST.
• Custom sizes and different frames are also available.
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All images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS lens.
Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious 
Stream @hotndelicious | The Entrepreneurship Podcast or follow @hotndelicious on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: https://linktr.ee/hotndelicious

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Big Wave Surfer braves massive swell at Ben Buckler by @hotndelicious
Big Wave Surfer braves massive swell at Ben Buckler by @hotndelicious

 

Explosive Waves deliver Bronte Rock Pool Magic!

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Dark & stormy Bondi to Bronte by @hotndelicious
Dark & stormy Bondi to Bronte by @hotndelicious
Bam! Dark & Stormy. Welcome to wet & wild Bronte Rock Pool magic! 
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Explosive 10-15ft waves and wet & wild conditions are pounding the east coast of Australia this week and I was excited to hit Bronte Rock Pool at Sydney’s iconic Bronte Beach with my home-boy (and fellow shooter) JB this morning to capture this little bit of magic.
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Hit me up if you’re keen to snap up one of these wicked photographic prints and I hope that you’re having a lovely week. Stay safe out there, peeps!
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xo Dan AKA @hotndelicious.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
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Prints available upon request.
• Print – 60cm x 40cm – $250 + GST.
• Framed Print – 60cm x 40cm – $375 + GST.
• Custom sizes and different frames are also available.
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All images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS or 24-105mm lens.
Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious 
Stream @hotndelicious | The Entrepreneurship Podcast or follow @hotndelicious on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: https://linktr.ee/hotndelicious

For prints/collabs, social media strategy, brand content & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

Dark & stormy Bondi to Bronte by @hotndelicious
Dark & stormy Bondi to Bronte by @hotndelicious

 

“5 more minutes”. Dolphin action at sunrise.

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Ben Buckler sunrise by @hotndelicious
Ben Buckler sunrise by @hotndelicious
 “5 more minutes”. Dolphin action at sunrise 🐬🌅✨ I’m generating impetus in life, my ambitions and my career by feeding my creativity. And yep, all of these wildlife shots were captured by 11am in one morning!
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Most days, I am up and out of bed in the dark between 5-6am to hit a sunrise photography walk and this past 3-4 weeks, I have been at Mackenzies Point most mornings, as the sun breaks the horizon over the ocean, eagerly anticipating humpback whales breaching as they migrate north this season.
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2 Fridays ago I switched it up, soaking up sunrise in North Bondi at Ben Buckler with my friend Michelle Louise AKA @ginger_skybird. After spotting a few humpback whales in the near distance and Alex the Seal heading into Bondi Bay for breakfast, I turned to Mish and said “5 more minutes, then let’s go grab coffee and breakfast in North Bondi.”
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Next minute, this massive pod of around 50-100 dolphins exploded on the yellow-bronzed horizon, some stopping off at Ben Buckler to hit a large bait ball swimming off the point (a bait ball is a tightly-packed formation or school of fish), whilst the rest of the dolphins charged across to Bronte Beach and Waverley Cemetery. Magical!
And the magic didn’t stop there… as I arrived home and was settling down to edit all of the sunrise and wildlife imagery, this small flock of rarer yellow-tailed black cockatoos land on the roof opposite my balcony in Bondi Beach. Sometimes I have to pinch myself about this life that I’m living and the daily joy that Bondi Beach and its surrounds brings me. All of this before 11am!
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My photography is bringing me a lot of contentment and peace right now. 18 months ago, I set myself 3 x new career goals, one of which was to host my 1st ever art exhibition and I made the decision to start selling my artistic works, which I hit mid-2019, when I was commissioned for Art On The Streets in Bondi Beach, with a panel of photography on the streets of Bondi and the exterior of local Asian-fusion restaurant, Mamasan Bondi decorated with my works also (yep, and thanks to Mamasan I became a street artist for the first time too – I never even imagined that in my wildest dreams).
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As the pandemic hit full swing in Australia earlier this year, a lot of advertising industry clients hit the pause button and determined as ever to put a positive spin on things (while I’ve had my rough days and struggled for motivation at times like everyone else), I pivoted to invest my time into pitching new brand ideas, building the next phase of my career, increasing the frequency of my already regular exercise regime and focussing on mental health, which includes investing time into activities that bring me happiness and joy. Photography is a key part of that for me.
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I have been honing my photographic skills further with 2-3 hour DSLR walks, experimenting with my Canon 100-400mm lens, capturing different, more varied subject matter and taken more time with my Lightroom photography edits. 
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As a result, in the past 2 months I have actually sold more prints than ever before; more than all of the previous months and years combined and I have been receiving unsolicited little DMs/WhatsApp messages/texts/Comments most days from friends, family and random strangers around the world, which gives me a lovely little starburst of energy each time, as while I shoot for me, I love that it can bring a little joy to the lives of those in the world around me! Thank you to all of you who’ve said hi!
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And the momentum does not stop there. I am continuing the process of re-launching my website to make my prints more readily available for purchase online and as part of that, I am making myself accountable to myself, my friends and the people who are in my world, by setting myself the goal 3 weeks ago, of blogging on a weekly basis on hotndelicious.com for the rest of 2020, as purpose is everything and creating good habits provide me with impetus when it comes to the bigger picture.
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I am my own hard taskmaster, I’m hungry and no-one is harder on me than me, yet little gems await in those sliding doors moments in time when I allow myself to flow with instinct, embrace the moment, feed my creativity and provide my mind with some space to breathe.
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By being kind to myself, taking a break from my “monkey mind” and feeding my creativity, I find fresh impetus that brings me great joy! 5 more minutes… Magic way to kick-off a Friday!
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xo Dan AKA @hotndelicious.
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
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All images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS.
Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious 
For social media strategy, content/photographic & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

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Ben Buckler sunrise by @hotndelicious
Ben Buckler sunrise by @hotndelicious

 

Byron Bay sunrise. My happy place – Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant

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Byron Bay - my happy place. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group)  https://hotndelicious.wordpress.com/

Hot & Delicious Rocks: The Planet! – Photographic travel diary series.

Byron Bay sunrise – my happy place. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

Sunrise bursts through the clouds.

I’ve just finished an early morning run along the beach and at daybreak it feels like the world is my oyster 

Byron Bay is amazing. A perfect blend of beach, bushland, wicked live music and surf culture. I’ve been there for festivals, with friends on holidays and even flying solo for a mini escape. Whenever I’m there the world feels right and so much so that I even looked for work there once and considered working remotely from the northern beaches of NSW.

If you’re going to lock in 5-10 must-stay places when visiting Australia. This is definitely one you should see.

Take a long early morning walk in the rising light and then chill on the grassy banks next to Byron Bay Surf Club watching the sunrise.

I can tell you, there’s no place you’d rather be.

DW

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Sunrise & Sunset – The perfect time to Recharge & Reset #SKYPORN

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Sunset 801 Pink Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group). www.hotndelicious.com
Sunset 801 Pink
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).
http://www.hotndelicious.com

Sunrise and sunset are easily my favourite time of day. I’ve been shooting #skyporn since before #skyporn was invented.

There’s simply nothing quite like walking along a deserted beach as the sun rises to recharge, reset and put things into perspective. The same goes for sunset.

Back in my Dubai days when I was traveling the world serving chicken or beef as Emirates Airline cabin crew, the 3-bedroom bachelor pad I shared with 2 of my best mates had 4-5 balconies, most of which faced west.

I kid you not, every single day that I wasn’t jet-setting around the globe, getting hammered at the pub or at rugby training with the boys in 35+ degree heat, I’d be on my White Building balcony watching the sun go down. I lived in that Sheikh Zayed Road apartment (#Club203 for the regular party-goers :D) for 5 years and must have taken hundreds of photos with my old Nikon F60 SLR on that window to the world. Cheeky beers, tunes crankin’, chillin’ solo or with friends complete with peach, purple skies during the call to prayer with a mosque silhouette. Perfection.

I became addicted to those long moments of inspiration, so much so that I named a song after it  ‘Endorphins’ and a rather significant factor in selecting my new Melbourne apartment recently, was that it had a 10th floor west-facing balcony. Air balloons, birds in flight, aircraft coming in to land at Melbourne International Airport.. I’ve only been here 3 weeks now, but almost daily I soak up nature’s little slice of heaven with and without iPhone camera at the ready.

I don’t know who invented the #skyporn hashtag, but I can tell you the 1st time I heard it and you had me at sunset..

Sun rises over a secluded beach near Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road in Australia

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Waking up to a beach sunrise.. perfection

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Pretty lady.. sundown Melbourne-town #magic#Melbourne #beautiful ❤️

Beauty is Everywhere

Melbourne.. beautiful ❤ #love #skyporn #melbourne#hotndelicious #mornporn

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