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“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.
DM or email me for prints, collabs and commissions.
All images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS.
Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious 
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Ben Buckler sunrise by @hotndelicious
Ben Buckler sunrise by @hotndelicious

 

Alex The Seal hunts at Bondi Beach…

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Alex the Seal comes to Bondi Beach by @hotndelicious

Alex The Seal comes to Bondi Beach.

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I was otterly stoked to share my Mackenzies Point sunrise on Saturday morning with Alex the Seal.
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Right now we’re in peak whale watching season in Sydney and I was kickin’ it at Mackenzies Point (Bondi Beach) waiting for the sun to rise over the ocean, gazing at sea spray from multiple pods of humpback whales migrating north in the distance and I glanced down to my right to see this little legend duck diving in the waves and hunting for fish for breakfast.
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I’m pretty sure that the crew from Drone Shark App gave this little legend the ‘Alex The Seal’ moniker a while back and Alex was splashing in the waves for at least 90 minutes while I sat there chillin’… definitely has my seal of approval! Made my day!
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Stoked to be back writing the hotndelicious blog again, as I’ve been spending a lot more time on my photography of late and it feels like the write time as I am in the process of re-launching this website to make my prints more readily available for purchase online. I’ve sold more prints in the past 6 weeks than all of the previous months and years combined!
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So, if you are keen to snap up some hotndelicious sunrise print(s) for home or to decorate the walls of your biz, then email me on info@hotndelicious.com/drop me a DM on IG, check out @hotndelicious on Instagram for Alex the Seal videos that I captured of on Saturday morning and come say G’day!
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Happy Monday everyone!
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xo Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious.
Images captured with Canon 6D with an EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.
Dan Wilkinson
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Alex the Seal comes to Bondi Beach by @hotndelicious

 

Australia. Where a deserted beach is just a car ride away… #happiness

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Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson  📷✨  Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  Travel, entertainment & lifestyle blog. http://www.hotndelicious.com/
Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson 📷✨ 
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! 
Travel, entertainment & lifestyle blog.
http://www.hotndelicious.com/

Australia. A deserted beach is just a car ride away…

Once a year in the Australian summertime, a bunch of mates & I disappear down the coast to a secret beach to escape for the night and put the world to right.

Fishing, snorkelling and body surfing no matter what the weather… sunset BBQs & watching the sun rise over the ocean…

Taking the time to switch off from technology and be present in this beautiful world around us, especially when we have such flawless beauty right in our backyard.

I’m going to miss this place… 

#happiness #seeAustralia

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Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.