Carrying his camera everywhere, Jim Semonik loves nothing more than grabbing a shot of a dramatic sky, knowing it will someday be the perfect complement to another image.
When we first saw Jim’s photographs, we thought, “Wow! What a beautiful place that must be!” Imagine how much more excited we were to learn that Jim’s imagery is a creation all his own. Using his pen tablet and a library of images, Jim builds all of these scenes.
Jim’s interest in art and photography goes back to the ’70s. As he got older and started a family, it took a backseat due to the time and expense required to keep up with his passion. As more digital options became available, Jim watched a whole new world open up with compositing and photography.
“The tablet’s probably been the biggest piece of hardware that I could possibly have for working in detail and having control over my images,” Jim says. “It’s a much more natural composite than you would have otherwise. The mouse just doesn’t give you that type of control.”
Jim’s day job takes him all over the country so he makes sure to pack his camera and get up with the sun to capture photos of the places that he visits. When he gets home, he uses his Bamboo Capture to recreate the images the way he experienced them in person – or to take two good images and composite them to make one great one!