All images in ultra high resolution are printed on canvas from Canvas On Demand and shipped direct to anywhere on the globe. To manually place an order, simply identify the time in which the image presents in minute(s) and seconds, and email me the size and quantity desired to rich@HFTFire.com
or call Toll Free at (800) 656-1624. Voice mails after hours will be answered the following business day.
Once the site is up and running, you may order 24/7 online by again indicating the time in minutes and seconds and simply click on the link to go to the order page, select the desired size, click on your shopping cart and process your credit card from our secure site. In both cases, a confirmation email with the image attached will be sent to ensure you are getting exactly what you have ordered. This is custom art, all orders are custom too. It truly can't be any easier.
A little info about myself:
Richard Hoffmann, "Painter of LIFE," was born and raised in northern California. Working up through the ranks in record time to become a Fire Captain, he has fought forest and structure fires, as well as supervised and instructed inmates at the Avenal State Prison to become fully trained fire fighters. His career credentials include being a certified Fire Instructor, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Investigator, and Hazardous Materials Specialist Instructor to list just a few in a dual Fire/Law Enforcement position with the State of California Department of Corrections.
He has since become a small business owner and obtained two (2) patents on three devices and processes the world has never seen nor experienced.
Essentially every artist must learn and effectively apply the principles of proper composition to produce an appealing illustration; however, it was Ansel Adams who mastered light, demanding that it be perfectly "even." Knowing the severe limitations of the single eye camera lens to only properly expose one level of light intensity, he would wait months before returning to a desired vantage point, never wasting a frame of film, to be there at the exact moment when the conditions were of absolute perfection to capture the world renowned images we all know and love.
The difference I present incorporates a process of capturing multiple light exposures of the same image/scene in which today's state of the art digital equipment and technology provides when the luxury of perfect timing for proper light exposure is not always available. Even in light that is not consistent, I am able to properly expose each separate area of a given "subject" with the camera in full manual mode. Often holding the camera steady only by hand, I compose and then properly expose the first image of the brighter sky, the second of the dimmer main subject area, and finally, if necessary, the third of the darker foreground. I then take these images to my computer "lab" and hand cut the first two properly exposed areas from the first two images and layer them onto the third, creating a complete and "properly exposed" fourth image that I later render. The final process, which I leave as a bit of a mystery, allows me to extract and enhance each color within the image much in the same manner that a painter would choose a selection from his pallet. After I often feather the edges to ensure the end result begins to appear as a hand 'painted' illustration, I then select and extract specific subjects within the image as layers, make any final lighting adjustments to each, and finally pull them through a series of filters and custom settings on the computer, redrawing each pixel in their desired size and shape as a pencil, brush, chalk, or similar charcoal stroke. Incorporating a few more important steps, the final version is then printed by Canvas On Demand Pro and readied for gallery presentation, shipped direct to anywhere on the globe with only a simple manifest content list to ensure the cost of such a nice gift will only be known by you.
It is my goal that you enjoy this work as much as I enjoy creating it!