Cloister Area, Battle Abbey Ruins

In 1066 A.D., William of Orange, the Duke of Normandy fought the Battle of Hastings against the English army at this location. During the fight, King Harold took an arrow directly to one of his eyes and died, and William took the throne. The “modern” history of England pretty much starts with that event.

As pennance for the death of Harold, William built an abbey at the battlefield site, and the settlement became the town of Battle. The abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII when he separated the Church of England from Roman Catholic rule.

I’ve always wanted to do something with this picture, but until now, I just couldn’t imagine what to do with it. Over the last couple of years I’ve developed better Photoshop skills and, of course, Photoshop CS5 offers better tools than its predecessors.

Lately I’ve been more willing to try some techniques that wouldn’t have occurred to me before. I think it’s a combination of seeing what others are doing and having a better knowledge base to work from.

FYI, there are no plug-ins used. From raw file to finished product, this is my creation.