Photo: Battle Abbey School - Battle, UK - May 2007

The school, an independent private boarding school, occupies the former abbot's residence portion of Battle Abbey. It was one of the few parts of the abbey complex that was not devastated as a result of the abolition of monasteries under Henry VIII.
Photo: A Storm Is Brewing
This is when things get interesting around the abbey!

Well, we did get rained on a little while we visited Battle and the abbey ruins, but the drops fell out of a featureless grey sky on that early May 2007 day.

The clouds I added to this photo are from a year and a month earlier, and from somewhere between Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford. I felt that the imposing ruins of the abbey deserved a bit more drama than was originally present so I borrowed some from the past.

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Photo: The Battle of Hastings
An arrow to the eye, and England had a new king.

The Battle of Hastings took place several miles inland from the town of Hastings itself. The armies of William of Normandy fought the forces of King Harold Godwinson in this field in October of 1066. Poor Harold did not survive. Later, though he did not repent enough to go back to Normandy, William did penance by building an abbey on the hill where Harold died. The abbey was called, appropriately, Battle Abbey, and the town that grew up around it is simply, Battle.

For centuries the field was plowed under and farmed over. No need to let a battle and change of royal lineage ruin perfectly good farmland. Besides, there was no explosive ordinance left behind as there was durning WW2. Every now and again an unexploded bomb will be found somewhere in England!

The abbey was abolished in the reign of Henry VIII and the buildings were ravaged by locals seeking good building materials. But the ruins remain and they, and the battlefield, are in the loving care of English Heritage. No more fighting, no more farming- just tourism and history lessons. It is well worth the train ride to get there and the better part of a day to explore the museum, abbey ruins and battlefield.

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Photo: I call this an accidental HDR. I had three shots taken in the Battle Abbey ruins, Battle, UK. They were handheld, noisy and of wildly differing focal lengths. I've always been disappointed by the quality of the shots, but I had a moment of inspiration to try something.

I brought all three photos into Photoshop as layers, auto aligned, then auto blended. After flattening, I ran HDR toning for the basic look. The background layer was duplicated and given a 30 px blur and set to Hard Light blend mode.

The window opening was selected on the background and put on its own layer and set to Multiply. There was some purple aberration around the window, so a Hue/Sat layer was applied just to the window to desaturate the purple.Battle Abbey ruins, Battle, UK - May 2007. "Accidental" HDR from three shots handheld and of wildly different focal lengths.
Photo: 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 penance 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.Battle Abbey Ruins, cloister area. Battle, UK - May 2007
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The Battle of Hastings
An arrow to the eye, and England had a new king.

The Battle of Hastings took place several miles inland from the town of Hastings itself. The armies of William of Normandy fought the forces of King Harold Godwinson in this field in October of 1066. Poor Harold did not survive. Later, though he did not repent enough to go back to Normandy, William did penance by building an abbey on the hill where Harold died. The abbey was called, appropriately, Battle Abbey, and the town that grew up around it is simply, Battle.

For centuries the field was plowed under and farmed over. No need to let a battle and change of royal lineage ruin perfectly good farmland. Besides, there was no explosive ordinance left behind as there was durning WW2. Every now and again an unexploded bomb will be found somewhere in England!

The abbey was abolished in the reign of Henry VIII and the buildings were ravaged by locals seeking good building materials. But the ruins remain and they, and the battlefield, are in the loving care of English Heritage. No more fighting, no more farming- just tourism and history lessons. It is well worth the train ride to get there and the better part of a day to explore the museum, abbey ruins and battlefield.

#Travel   #England   #History   #BattleAbbey   #BattleOfHastings

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