Photo Series Captures the Stunning Beauty of Siamese Fighting Fish


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 realized that they made the perfect subjects. “I found that nowadays there are so many different kinds of fish that come in unique shapes, colors 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 setting 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:















To see more of Angkatavanich’s photography, head over to his 500px or Facebook page by following the corresponding links. And if you want to browse through his microstock gallery, you can find him on Shutterstock here.

(via Colossal)

Image credits: Photographs by Visarute Angkatavanich and used with permission.

  • Karyn

    These are gorgeous, wow!

  • harumph

    These are great! I’d love to see huge prints.

  • Peter Acker

    Beautiful. I’d buy a couple of prints of those.

  • Sarah BK

    A few months ago I was considering buying one of the blue/violet varieties of these fish just because I knew they would make great subjects for photos – the movement of their fins is just so delicately beautiful.

    This photographer has done an excellent job of that :)

  • marcusdiddle

    You’d think he would’ve used a fisheye lens.

    I’m here all week.

  • Sterling

    Fantastic! It is so inspiring to see photos like these.

  • John Adkins

    These are absolutely beautiful! I’ve tried this, and its not easy. Wonderful work!

  • Tyler Magee

    agreed the 8th photo down is stunning. I would love a 17×22 haha