Sun­set fires judges

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A pho­tog­ra­phy novice has won an iPad for his spec­tac­u­lar sun­set shot of Porirua’s cen­tral city area.

Shane Wet­zel, a me­chanic at his fam­ily’s busi­ness Porirua Cy­cle & Mower Cen­tre, won a Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce’s cen­tral busi­ness district photo com­pe­ti­tion – part of a cam­paign to get peo­ple en­thu­si­as­tic about the city cen­tre.

Hun­dreds of pho­tos were en­tered. How­ever, Mr Wet­zel’s shot stood out for the three judges – cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Holly Thompson, Mayor Nick Leggett and Kapi- Mana News re­porter An­drea O’Neil.

‘‘I’m quite blown away, actu- ally,’’ Mr Wet­zel said. ‘‘I’ve al­ways en­joyed tak­ing pho­tos but I’ve only started tak­ing them se­ri­ously lately.’’

Mr Wet­zel submitted 14 pho­tos in the com­pe­ti­tion, go­ing out with his cam­era in the morn­ing, at lunchtime and in the evening in the hope of get­ting a good shot.

The win­ning shot was taken at sun­set from He­riot Dr, by Bun­nings, us­ing a tri­pod and Mr Wet­zel’s Fu­ji­film SL 300 cam­era. The sun­set was a stun­ning or­ange al­ready but Mr Wet­zel used pho­to­shop to make sure the photo re­flected its mag­nif­i­cence.

Ms Thompson said the photo was a re­minder of how beau­ti­ful Porirua’s city cen­tre could be.

‘‘It just cap­tured some­thing I think we all for­get,’’ she said.

‘‘What we wanted was to see the city through other peo­ple’s eyes.’’

The photo com­pe­ti­tion was a huge success and would be re­peated reg­u­larly, she said.

To see all the pho­tos en­tered, visit www. face­book. com/ This IsPorirua.

Canopy clincher: Shane Wet­zel, right, dis­plays his win­ning CBD photo along­side judges Nick Leggett and Holly Thompson.

Above, Shane Wet­zel’s win­ning photo in the first CBD photo com­pe­ti­tion. Flash­back: Jal­isa Aiono, left, had an inim­itable take on the CBD, match­ing an old fam­ily photo with the canopies area to­day.

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