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Anybody There

By Sezz    
Taken on the same day as my visit to Pendennis Castle - hence the moody sky Smile

Set in the dramatic landscape of the Lizard Peninsula Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station rises up from the heathland.

Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station is a large telecommunications site located on Goonhilly Downs near Helston on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, UK. Owned by BT Group plc, it was at one time the largest satellite earth station in the world, with more than 25 communications dishes in use and over 60 in total. The site also links into undersea cable lines. It is to cease satellite operations in 2008.
Its first dish, Antenna One (dubbed "Arthur"), was built in 1962 to link with Telstar. It was the first open parabolic design and is 25.9 metres in diameter and weighs 1,118 tonnes. Arthur received the first live transatlantic television broadcasts from the United States via the Telstar satellite on July 11, 1962. It is now a Grade II listed structure and is therefore protected. The site's largest dish, dubbed "Merlin", has a diameter of 32 metres. Other dishes include Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde after characters in Arthurian legend.
I think the large dish here is 'Guinevere'

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Better bigger if you've time Smile

Regards - Sarah x

Tags: Cornwall Kernow Landscape and travel Helston Goonhilly Satellite dish Future world Telecommunications Lizard peninsula

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casson 12 3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 3:27PM
Nice shot

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dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 3:28PM
Thanks for the information Sarah, another fine capture. The lighting, tones, and composition are spot on. well done
WILDIMAGES 11 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 3:38PM
I dont you why but I am very drawn to this, no insult intended, just find it eirie almost. Nice one
leedighton 10 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 3:40PM
Great composition in this shot, love the tones in it too, never knew a thing about the place till now, thought you'd popped over to the states for a quick shoot! doh!

looks great huuuuuuuuge too,

regards, Lee
17 Dec 2008 3:42PM
very nice..

andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
17 Dec 2008 3:46PM
Sarah - this is a fabulous shot!! Not something you see everyday - unless you live or work there ofcourse!!

JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
17 Dec 2008 3:48PM
A really fab image Sarah, 3 diminishing focal points and an appropriate kind of sky, excellent write up as well, all the best John.
49er 12 564
17 Dec 2008 4:04PM
really good image..
yellowmunky 13 127 1 Wales
17 Dec 2008 4:13PM
fantastic combo of earthy and mono tones. Awesome.
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 4:19PM
Nice comp and very moody. Amazing to be reminded of all the things in which Britain once led the world; and then complacency kicked in and we let it all slip. Communications, optics, engineering.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
17 Dec 2008 4:19PM
Brilliant capture and exposure Sarah
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 4:21PM
Reminds me of scenes from the film "The Arrival". Amazing structures with nice lines. The sky is great, and thanks for the info.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
17 Dec 2008 4:29PM
This really jumped out at me from amongst the thumbnails. Fantastic light and tones. Love the dark moody sky which contrasts so well with the orange-yellow tones on the left of the foreground. The detail of the satellite dishes and building is superb. Thanks for the great description.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
17 Dec 2008 4:29PM
that´s a BIG one, Sarah....

Sezz 13 617 15 England
17 Dec 2008 4:35PM
Just popped out to get an Xmas tree and came back to all these wonderful comments - thank you very much everyone Smile

Sarah x
Ray42 10 3 England
17 Dec 2008 5:20PM
Good shot Sarah - great sky - it sets the scene well. Excellent info as well
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
17 Dec 2008 5:42PM
Bit late aren't ya Sarah, my missus had ours up on first December!
Sezz 13 617 15 England
17 Dec 2008 5:49PM
Thanks Ray!

Yep - always rushing about last minute John - that's just me Smile

Sarah x
17 Dec 2008 6:09PM
Very si-fi Sarah, super definition in this shot, very well composed and captured, great image, Adrian
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
17 Dec 2008 6:19PM
Aliens in our landscape Sarah, added mood. Ron.
17 Dec 2008 6:21PM
very effective shot Sezz, I like the atmosphere.

John Smile
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 6:23PM
Looks great against that glowering sky.

Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 6:24PM
Lovely image. Love the tones and it is so, so clear. Looks fabulous large.

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
17 Dec 2008 6:54PM
Fabulous detail captured Sarah.Well composed.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
17 Dec 2008 7:01PM
Great details and tones in this Sarah - well captured and processed.
Good narrative too.
Regards Richard.
spikemoz 11 2
17 Dec 2008 7:06PM
Great shot and interesting write up. Is Arthur going to be open to the public?

Dave87 Plus
11 42 5 England
17 Dec 2008 8:28PM
Don’t some people make you want to spit!! Joking aside - we spent a week in a holiday bungalow on the Lizard during the summer and passed Goonhilly twice a day and kept saying we should visit this place and never did……
As the fishermen say - this is the one that got away!! As for you Sarah - extremely well captured and done. A very powerful image viewed here. Love it.

C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
17 Dec 2008 8:41PM
That's wonderful Sarah - your best picture in a while for me too, nice mood with the sky...
Perhaps I got a little castled out Smile

I thought this was Ants Jodrell shots from the thumbnail,
Landlord 11 25 1 Scotland
17 Dec 2008 8:48PM
Razor sharp Sarah. Like the comp tooo.
Wife is also called Tristan...always wondered how her mum came up with the name!
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
17 Dec 2008 9:07PM
Sarah, this is the second shot of yours this week i have had to put on my shortlist. This is bloody superb and if i could give my award now i would ... watch this space

Sezz 13 617 15 England
17 Dec 2008 10:45PM
Thanks eveyone - I'm so pleased you like this one, bit blown away by all the kind comments Smile

Sarah x
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
17 Dec 2008 10:50PM
One of my faves of yours Sarah..
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 10:52PM

Quote:It is to cease satellite operations in 2008.

must be almost done then?

A great capture Sarah.


PS. If you waited until Boxing Day for the tree you'd have got a bargain Wink
Sezz 13 617 15 England
17 Dec 2008 10:57PM
Thank you Chris and Darren, appreciated!

'must be almost done then?' - pretty much so I think Darren - lol re the xmas tree, I'll remember that for next year Wink

Sarah x
Sezz 13 617 15 England
18 Dec 2008 8:21AM
Thanks Dave very much for you award, really chuffed Smile

Sarah x
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
18 Dec 2008 9:07AM
That's a cracking image, Sarah!
JudeC 11 6 3 England
18 Dec 2008 9:42AM
Stunning capture - Jude.
User_Removed 11 19 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 11:09AM
excellent capture Sarah and like the information that you have provided with it.Smile
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 11:34AM
Super shot And Presentation
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
18 Dec 2008 11:58AM
Superb image

MarkT 13 119 2 England
18 Dec 2008 1:36PM
Excellent capture Sarah - one of your best Smile

Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 6:03PM
Great composition. Fantastically well titled.
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 7:04PM
Stunning shot, great compositiion and sky,
sidaorb 12 3.9k 2 England
18 Dec 2008 9:05PM
An exceptional image and almost my photo of the week, if I could give my own HC this would have it Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
18 Dec 2008 10:09PM
Thank you so much guys, what wonderful comments - really appreciated Smile

Sarah x
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Dec 2008 10:35PM
Superb composition and an equally superb narrative.
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 11:19PM
The signal just reached me; eerie. Superb shot.

woodrow 11 153 Scotland
18 Dec 2008 11:48PM
this is really great Sarah, nice to have background info' too.

Paul Smile
Wooly 12 112 4 England
19 Dec 2008 11:14AM
Superb Sarah, well deserving of its award and attention.

Techno Plus
9 2.8k 8 England
19 Dec 2008 5:40PM
Lovely composition, great processing..

John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
19 Dec 2008 9:35PM
You've done a superb job of these. The composition and colour treatment are first class but more than that these are representative of the 'age' - computers, communications, sci-fi and 'big brother'. John
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2008 7:47AM
reminds me of the film 'Contact'...superb shot sarah

fatherpie 10 18 12 England
20 Dec 2008 8:51AM
Stunning capture and processing
Sezz 13 617 15 England
20 Dec 2008 10:48AM
Thank you gentlemen Smile

Sarah x
m3lem 12 England
20 Dec 2008 11:29AM
A great dranatic shot, love it, these are big, been to goonhilly myself quite an interesting place.
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
20 Dec 2008 12:13PM
looks good love the sky.lesley
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
20 Dec 2008 11:19PM
that moody sky really blends so well with the dish, - really effective
Sezz 13 617 15 England
20 Dec 2008 11:40PM
Andrea, Lesley and Sue - thank you Smile

Sarah x
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2008 12:22AM
I remember the days when you were supposed to pretend that these things did not exist. A figment of the imagination... Good. And scary.
imagio 11 12 1 England
21 Dec 2008 12:22AM
Superb image Sarah

DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
23 Dec 2008 10:16AM
As soon as I saw the thumbnail the first thing that shot into my mind was "Ground Control to Major Tonks"

Great shot.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year with lots more to come. Smile

David. Grin
Sezz 13 617 15 England
23 Dec 2008 11:36AM
Thank you Moira, Bernie and David - appreciated Smile

Sarah x
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2008 8:48PM
I like your viewpoint and the moody sky Sarah. The description made interesting reading too. Apart from Telstar, I was unaware of most of the content.

LesF 11 182 9
4 Jan 2009 9:28AM
Very moody and a wonderful shot

Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2009 8:32PM
Excellent image and very good processing.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
7 Jan 2009 8:53AM
Thank you gentlemen Smile

Sarah x

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