February 09, 2013, 6:54am: Sunshine spilling through ti kouka

February 09, 2013, 6:54am: Sunshine spilling through ti kouka

November 8, 2012, 6:59pm: A chunky lip throwing at Blackhead Beach

November 8, 2012, 6:59pm: A chunky lip throwing at Blackhead Beach

February 8, 2013, 6:18am: The bay tickled pink by cloud cover 

February 8, 2013, 6:18am: The bay tickled pink by cloud cover 

February 28, 2013, 7:22am: Soaking in the sunshine

February 28, 2013, 7:22am: Soaking in the sunshine

February 28, 2013, 7:11am: A golden coastline ...

February 28, 2013, 7:11am: A golden coastline ...

September 22, 2012, 5:30pm: A beautiful sight at St Kilda

September 22, 2012, 5:30pm: A beautiful sight at St Kilda

November 7, 2012, 8:29pm: Wall of water, Blackhead

November 7, 2012, 8:29pm: Wall of water, Blackhead

February 9, 2013, 6:42am: New growth on a kowhai straining for the sun

February 9, 2013, 6:42am: New growth on a kowhai straining for the sun

November 8, 2012, 7:43pm: One last barrel before dark ...

November 8, 2012, 7:43pm: One last barrel before dark ...

CUTTING ROOM FLOOR

by Insiders Dunedin

April 23, 2013: Cutting room floor

When we first started out shooting photos (almost 20 years ago now) it was little green rolls of Fuji Velvia: 36 shots apiece and each frame would cost around a dollar. The magic was in the processing and editing – scrawling through six frames at a time and selecting the winners – usually 3-5 shots that were sharp, well-composed, perfectly exposed and looked good. These frames would then be cut out of the roll with scissors and placed in small plastic slide mounts. The remainder – the rejects – would fall to the floor.

Every now and then one of the fallen transparency frames would catch your eye and you'd add one more keeper to the selection.

These days it's a little different. Each week we shoot up to 1000 frames on the Eos 5D MkIII. From those, we shortlist about 200 that we like the look of. Then we edit them for technical detail and quality and reduce that to about 100 images that make the grade. Finally we select 8-9 for each week's edition of Dunedin Light.

It is from the cutting room floor that we draw our Facebook images, but sometimes some really nice shots get cut – they just don't fit with the rest of the images – so this week we are bringing you some of our favourites from the cutting room floor.

More east swell this week thanks to this unusual weather system and the persistent high in the southwest pacific. We're excited ...

See you up the coast...

       – Derek

Post Submitted by Derek Morrison, Dunedin Light

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