5 Minutes with Rambo – Surf Photographer
We were super lucky to catch @ramboestrada in between surfs and shoots to find out a little bit about where he came from, and where he is going. This dude is one to watch if you’re into surfing, adventure, travel or photography. He sure knows how to work a lens!
What is your favourite Instagram account right now?
There’s an Australian ocean photographer Lloyd Meudell who is not actually that well known, but he shoots using some really interesting techniques creating some unique and beautiful ocean images. His work is really inspiring.
What made you get into photography?
My favourite thing to do growing up was to go on surf adventures with friends. Searching for waves we’d drive all over the country visiting these amazing out of the way places that folks wouldn’t usually get to experience. It was always such a good time and I really just wanted to document those adventures.
What is your most used piece of camera gear?
Hmmmm that’s tough. I have a lot of gear. Possibly the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. It’s definitely my favourite for shooting surf from the land as I like a pulled back perspective to include more of the environment. I also like my landscapes to have a fair bit of compression so I use it a fair bit for scenic shots too. And it’s not my number 1 lens for portraits, but the longer focal length is good for snipering off candid portraits without the subject being camera aware.
Where is your favourite place you have shot so far?
Probably Sri Lanka. It’s a beautiful country with an interesting culture and a lot of cool colours. I don’t know if I even did anything with the photos from that trip, other than print some to put on the wall at home, but there’s more of Sri Lanka on the wall than any other country so for me personally it was my favourite place to shoot.
What country to plan to travel to next?
Next week I’m heading to South East Asia for the winter. So far I have a month booked in Indonesia and then a month in the Philippines. I haven’t worked out where I’m going after that, but I have a few more months to fill before I need to be back home in NZ and I haven’t been to Myanmar or Cambodia so maybe there?
Other than your camera gear, is there anything you can’t travel without?
A pool float. Nothing quite like relaxing in a tropical ocean on a pool float and it’s pretty hard to come by a cool one when you’re in out of the way places. Last time we took a giant donut, this trip we’re taking a giant pretzel.
Any camera technology coming out in the next while that you’re particularly excited about?
Sony are leading the way with mirrorless cameras, and mirrorless is the future! I’ve just ordered a Sony A7R II. It’s significantly smaller & lighter than the Canon DSLRs that I’m currently shooting with but with the same size sensor, twice as many megapixels (42MP!) and an electronic viewfinder so you can basically see your photo before you’ve taken it. And it has some exciting new technology like autofocus that will lock onto your eye etc. Pretty pumped for that!