The Holosun HM3X three power magnifier I evaluated and photographed for “Predator Xtreme” magazine last month looks great in images, and underneath that racy exterior beats the heart of a purebred. Behind a Crimson Trace CTS-1000 red-dot optic it got a little less than precise at 100 yards, where the 3X magnification and 3 MOA dot combined to cover 9 inches of real estate. Dial down the red dot’s intensity and it was workable. You’ll have to wait for my review to come out for full details.
The photos I didn’t submit to the editorial team (outtakes) I can, however, share for your weekend viewing pleasure. I prefer to take nearly all my lede-worth images in the outdoors, where the gear will be used, rather than in a sterile studio with distracting calls and e-mails. Don’t get me wrong, the latter location produces some great images—but lack grit.
So the Holosun HM3X Magnifier, rifle and all my photographic gear ventured into North Carolina’s woods just before dusk. The images are about the magnifier, not thick pines, so I deliberately underexposed and shielded them from my flashes. This approach isn’t for the faint of heart.
I used the layering technique I wrote about a while back and I love the look. It just means this simple photo you see above is really two dozen or so combined in Photoshop. It’s time consuming, gobbles up computer resources and more time consuming than it may be worth.
On the other hand, turning off a layer or two kills the grid glare in the objective lens of the magnifier, simplifies composition slightly and gives it a whole new look (seen above). The combinations are almost unlimited once the raw images are captured right.