These are a few shots exported directly from Lightroom.The first station of the tour was the Niki de St Phalle Grotto, the artist, who died recently, had close connections to Hannover:
These two ladies were outside, looking in at their husbands perusing the vaguely erotic sculptures
http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7711.jpg.html Don't really like the stuff Niki de St Phalle did, but this is typical: http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7701.jpg.html The light inside is amazing: http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7703.jpg.html http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7709.jpg.htmlMore of these when I get around to taking a closer look at the rest and donig some post-processing.
Next stop - the 3 greenhouses:The Orchid House - Hannover is world famous for breeding orchids (and the place where African Violets were first propagated for the commercial market):
http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7745.jpg.html Not an orchid, but it was in the same greenhouse - very alien-looking http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7735.jpg.html Some have quite dreary colours, but fascinating forms http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7749.jpg.html Technical comparison:http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7751.jpg.html Shot with a Yashica 2.8/55mm Macro lens at f2.8 http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7752.jpg.html Shot with a CZ 1.4/85mm at f 1.4
Personally I prefer the tiny and delicate orchids, but this was quite spectacular in its own way - helped out with a little flash
http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7755.jpg.html These tiny, spidery ones are my favourites: http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7757.jpg.html http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7759.jpg.html The classic Lady's Slipper orchid : http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7764.jpg.html In the Tropical House http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7782.jpg.html The CZ 85mm again in the Tropical House http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/CRW_0024.jpg.html Looks strange, has flowers as big as dinner plates and stinks http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/CRW_0026-Edit.jpg.html The Cactus House: Flowering Opuntia http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7771.jpg.html Possibly an Opuntia too http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/_MG_7785.jpg.html More cactus flowers http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/DMS/New-Old-Pictures/CRW_0031.jpg.html ========================================================To Unsubscribe: Send email to leica-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. The acknowledgment that you then receive MUST be replied to per instructions. You may also log in to the Web interface to unsubscribe.