This is hardly surprising, given her work as a scientist in the fields of cell biology and microscopy, yet it is a trait that serves her equally well as an avid photographer who loves to explore the magic of nature.
She spent many years photographing with a standard macro lens, but felt creatively stuck by the lack of atmosphere she could achieve with her regular gear. Then she discovered Lensbaby, and realized that these specialty lenses would allow her to dial-in just the right effects to bring out her vision.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Lens: Lensbaby Sweet 50 Optic and macro converter; Exposure time: 1/200, ISO 100
started working with a Lensbaby Sweet 50 Optic and Composer Pro during visits to a botanical garden. “I let the light guide me to the right subject matter,” she says. “This can be flowers, leaves, or almost anything else in nature. It doesn’t matter, as long as I can play with the light.”
Since her photography practice is generally limited to weekends, it took Kram a while to perfect her technique for exposure and focus. “Since these are manual lenses, you have to pay attention to the light and adjust shutter speed accordingly,” she explains.
With Lensbaby Sweet Optics, image sharpness is isolated to a sweet spot of focus, which can be varied by bending the Composer Pro to highlight the desired picture element. She adds, “In the beginning, I also needed to learn what the range was when using the macro converters, since my standard macro lens covers everything from macro to infinity.”