June 7, 2016

A high shutter speed is a prerequisite for capturing the flowing fins of these fish. Usually around 1/400th and up. Then again, if motion blur is more to your taste, you can certainly dial it down a bit and still keep the eyes and head sharp. As is the case with most all photography, the key to capturing a usable image is to keep the shutter clicking. You'll probably end up pitching 9 out of every 10 shots - on a good day.

100mm · f/8.0 · 1/400s · ISO 1250
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Chris Himstedt's picture

Cool shot. I did similar shots years ago with film. Would love to know more about your set up.

Jeffrey R Farmer's picture

Thanks, Chris. I posted a diagram on the Fstoppers' FB page a while back, but I'm not sure how you'd search it up?

muhammad zaki alimudin's picture

wow nice shot...what kind of fish is this? its bring back my childhood memory this fish......I remeber pit them agiants each other....such beautiful yet agrresive fish

Jeffrey R Farmer's picture

A Betta, or Siamese Fighting fish.

Carl Rogers's picture

cool photo, the colours are striking, very stand-out..