The Beauty Of Bettas By Visarute Angkatavanich

A few years ago, Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich started selling his work through microstock sites, and so he went in search of some interesting subjects to populate his gallery and generate some sales. Interestingly, he found what he was looking for in his own house: his pet fish. Ever since he was a little boy, Angkatavanich has owned different kinds of fish — everything from goldfish to guppies, to Siamese fighting fish — and he quickly realised that they made the perfect subjects. “I found that nowadays there are so many different kinds of fish that come in unique shapes, colours and pattern,” he told us over email. “I am fascinated by them, and so I started taking their photo.” He takes his photos with a D800 and a 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens, most often set up his strobes directly above the fish tank (although he’ll change the lighting as needed if he wants “a different style and tone.”) The trick, Angkatavanich tells us, is to clean the tank and filter the water as clear as possible. The final shots make the fish look as if they’re floating in mid-air, rather than swimming around inside the confines of a fish tank. Credit: PetaPixel

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