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In photos: Flowing fins of Siamese fighting fish

By dpreview staff on Dec 25, 2013 at 06:00 GMT
Striking portraits of Siamese fighting fish
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Striking portraits of Siamese fighting fish

Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich has created a stunning series of close-up portraits of Siamese fighting fish. With simple backgrounds and dramatic lighting, the images show off the species' vivid colors and graceful fins. To see more, visit his 500px site

Via: Exposure Guide , Source: 500px

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Total comments: 28
Y_TANER
By Y_TANER (4 months ago)

Really gorgeous creatures.

Did they use flash, direct, or bounce, etc...?

If yes, doesn't that harm those creatures?

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (4 months ago)

An example and the instructions added today:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52798980

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JaimeA
By JaimeA (4 months ago)

Photos 2 and 5 are masterpieces. Totally elegant fish. I wonder if they are aware of their beauty. Thank you for posting.

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SWSF14
By SWSF14 (4 months ago)

Just don't buy from Walmart, lol

http://www.peta2.com/blog/shocking-betta-fish-photos/

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samhain
By samhain (4 months ago)

Those are absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing DPR!

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Scottelly
By Scottelly (4 months ago)

Beautiful shots!

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Stefan Krause from Stuttgart

Very nice pictures. Very appealing with the Black background

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budi0251
By budi0251 (4 months ago)

Naturally Siamese fighting Fish (a.k.a. "Cupang") already having gorgeous colors, especially when they're ready for mating (male).
Mine one having almost like "oversaturated" look color.

For me, simply clean the side glass of the aquarium, remember any single spot will be noticeable.
I'd put some simple manual flash (YN-460II), set to proper power & simple slave, lay it on top of the glass cover shooting downward.
Then DSLR (Nikon D70s w/ built-in flash use for trigger only, so minimum power; had no problem with reflection as long as angled properly) coupled with 50/1.8D + Raynox DCR-250.

last but not least, lots of patient but mostly they're quite calm and the flash shooting directly at them seems like doesn't startled them at all.

http://kkcdn-static.kaskus.co.id/images/2012/12/11/342124_20121211031901.jpg

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utomo99
By utomo99 (4 months ago)

How to take this photos ? Any tips and tricks. how to reduce the glass effect ?

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (4 months ago)

use good quality polarisers.

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (4 months ago)

- Turn off all the lights in the room and block all those coming from outside the room.
- Block direct light from the lighting elements (tubes, bulbs, LEDs, whatever) of your aquarium from entering your eyes and the lens.
- Shoot at an angle to the glass. Since fish scales grow at an angle to the fish body, try shooting at an angle both from the head side and from the tail side to see the difference.
- It would be best if your camera has an articulating screen.
- And use manual focusing. Fine tune the distance by moving your hand/arm in and out.
- If failed, try again immediately. Not try again some other nights. If the height is right, sit on a chair and try taking photos continuously for 1-2 hours. You will be an expert after that.
- No need to use an polarizer.
- Good luck!

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PERCY2
By PERCY2 (4 months ago)

#2 is so pretty..

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b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

Agree.

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SushiEater
By SushiEater (4 months ago)

Not all photos of Siamese fighting fish. #7 is a fancy gold fish.

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CWDaly
By CWDaly (4 months ago)

#2 for sure.

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Mike5076
By Mike5076 (4 months ago)

#2 is my preference. I suspect there are hundreds and hundreds of rejects, but degree of physical difficulty is a small portion of the effort, creativity challenge that I appreciate the most.

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Maji
By Maji (4 months ago)

I don't know why there is so much negativity out here. These are very nice pictures and deserve praise. If you believe you can do better, then post it on your gallery here and let the viewers decide.

Thanks to DPR for posting these pictures here.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

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JF69
By JF69 (4 months ago)

Negativity? That's all in your mind, take time to re-read all the few (short! no excuses from you there) posts made up till now with a refreshed state of mind & see for yourself.

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JoeR
By JoeR (4 months ago)

#7 are fancy goldfish.

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Vinc T
By Vinc T (4 months ago)

Bettas are slow moving and taking their photos is quite easy. Try guppies!

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photoholiko
By photoholiko (4 months ago)

On a positive note, they are good photographs.

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KoenVB
By KoenVB (4 months ago)

7 is a goldfish, 8 is a betta.

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Pedagydusz
By Pedagydusz (4 months ago)

You missed an interesting and catching title:
"Fighting Fish Flamboyant Flowing Fins"

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backayonder
By backayonder (4 months ago)

Fighting over pixels? or the fact that one of them has an Olympus size swimming pool?

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (4 months ago)

They are the best looking lures.

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ijak
By ijak (4 months ago)

7 is not a Siamese fighting fish.

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btsuga
By btsuga (4 months ago)

And 8.

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btsuga
By btsuga (4 months ago)

2, 3, 7, 9 on the shortlist

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Total comments: 28