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Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich (previously featured here) continues to take breathtaking photos of Siamese fighting fish, also known as betta fish. His fascination with their splendid, flowing fins and brilliant coloring is apparent in the extraordinarily detailed portraits he creates. The photos are so perfectly clear and close-up that it’s easy to forget the fish are underwater and not floating in midair.

Angkatavanich recently told Popular Photography that he only started photographing the fish after encountering them for the first time three years ago at a fish show and has since become obsessed with the different species which vary greatly in size, shape, and color patterns.

Head over to Visarute Angkatavanich’s 500px gallery to view more of his gorgeous betta portraits. Limited edition prints of his photos are currently available through La Lanta Fine Art.

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Pokemon Variations - Kingdra.

This was a nice exercise! quite rushed, but fun!

so we have, the common Kingdra, the standard form that most Seadra take when exposed to a kings rock. many Seadra, however, can expose themselves to similar compounds out in the ocean, as it is not a totally uncommon material. 

Maned Kingdra - a species I imagine to be more defensive in nature, stronger and tougher in armour with a gorgeous gold colouring that is sought after in the Kalos region.

Big-Bellied Kingdra - A silvery breed that yields excellent IV and EV breeds. extremely hard to produce via traditional breeding methods and usually found in the shallows of Hoenn, where the weather and climate are warmer. 

Illuminated Leafy Kingdra - A highly sought after species of Kingdra that is famous for its contest-potential. Extravagantly finned and gorgeously coloured, its extreme rarity lends itself to its even greater power in battle. The Illuminated Leafy Kingdra is worshipped in some dragon-based cults due to its resemblance to older dragons from folklore. 

Thorned Kingdra - an aggressive subspecies that usually breeds around kanto, known for its greater attacking power and speed, though, as with every other subset, rarer than its common counterpart.

Really liked these. Hope you all like them :)

SEADWELLER FIN TUTORIAL

alright–ive finally gotten to it!!!!!!!

today, we will be making

cute fins!!!!!!!!!!! (that cutie is neonnebulosa ))

first– materials. you will need:

a large white(optional but easier) foam sheet, i use the medium thickness foam sheets

glue gun w glue

scissors

a pencil

string

a needle

a thin, wire headband.

and paint!

(jewelry is optional as well!!))

OKAY FIRST OFF

BAM theres your foam sheet. now fold that son of a bitch.

good, now draw your fins!

then follow your child like instincts and cut them out so you have two of each.

like so

try to cut as evenly and cleanly as possible.

now fold them and line them up in the ordered desired. then take your string and thread and start  sewing them together– this is just to keep them together better! its TECHNICALLY not needed but definitely safer. try keeping the strands off to the side,  itll be easier for later.

now take your glue and glue where they connect. youre gonna have to hold it in place for a bit

weeeeeeeeeeeeeee

now take your thin wire headband

and you are going to have to take a tooth pick or a thick needle to make a hole for the wire to go through to make it easier, but you need to force the wire through the area that they all join– not close to the edge but tucked as close to the fins as possible. then hot glue the edge of the fin to the headband to keep it up and perky!

aw ye

NOT DONE YET

paint those suckers grey

add markings and whatever else

add jewelry

and put them on a cute friend.

>>make some ear fins

–> draw a shape 

–> give it some fake depth 

–> stick a bent paperclip to it 

–> take the paperclip off and give it some real depth

–>coat the whole thing with silicone 

–> put the paperclip back on and wear them as a stylish new accessory 

(detailed directions under the cut)

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