White Rings Around Dark Eyes (Hybotid fly)

Hybotid fly on a pink anther of a white rhododendron flower. (Black and white)

Hybotid fly on a pink anther of a white rhododendron flower. (Black and white)

One of yesterday’s photos shared the same white-ringed openings on the anthers, but this shot lent itself more to a black and white treatment. I’m not sure if the contrast is enough, but I liked the subtlety of it. The fly’s eye is sort of the pivot point of the shot for me, and unfortunately, the detail of the individual lenses of its compound eye are not as evident as I would have liked. I tried to selectively adjust it using a layer mask, but I ended up unsatisfactory results — too washed out and grainy, typically. So I went without any special editing there.

For a view at a color version, click through the break. (I went with a tighter crop on the monochrome version as you’ll notice.)

The colors make this one more vibrant as I look at it now. That eye detail is still lost in the shadows however.

Hybotid fly on a pink anther of a white rhododendron flower.

Hybotid fly on a pink anther of a white rhododendron flower.

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