World-class: Is this one of Suffolk's best-ever pictures?

AMATEUR photographer Matt Fidler has struck gold with one of his first major assignments - a magical dawn moment on the Suffolk coast.

AMATEUR photographer Matt Fidler has struck gold with one of his first major assignments - a magical dawn moment on the Suffolk coast.

But amateur photographer Mr Fidler has only recently developed a love of landscape photography and declared this shot as being “one of the first attempts.”

The 40-year-old, who works as a control room operator at BT in Martlesham, said that he had shot the amazing landscape on a “freezing cold morning in Southwold” using a tripod and a special technique, which allows a greater range between the light and dark.

He said: “I ventured to the pier in Southwold at about 5.30am and waiting for the sun to start rising - the last thing I wanted was to be rushed.

“It was bitterly cold out there while I was waiting, but you've got to do what you've got to do.”

Mr Fidler, of Fitzmaurice Road, told The Evening Star that he had only recently discovered his talents for landscape photography.

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He said: “I really enjoy wildlife photography. That has been my main joy photographically since I began three or four years ago.

“However, just recently I have developed a love of landscape photography and hope to continue taking these kinds of shots around the country.

“It was one of the first attempts I've had at this kind of photography and now I'm planning to travel around the coast of Britain and Scotland, solely for my photography.”

The picturesque scene was shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II as the sun rose at 7.40am on February 4 during freezing conditions.

- To purchase a copy of the photo, contact the Evening Star's Sharon Clarke on 01473 324813.