I was shown around some of the various storage areas, and into an old hanger. On the side of an Andover (used by the RNZAF from 1977 - 1998) I saw this roundel, and thought, “There’s my 3rd red image”. On the side of the aircraft, in a hanger with light coming from high windows in all directions, it wasn’t easy to photograph. I’ve used software to balance the lighting. The right side was too bright and although the beak of the kiwi was pointing to the bright part I didn’t like it - too bright and it pulled my eye away from the red kiwi. Although there was plenty of light it was still soft, and I wanted to give an aged and museum like feel to the image, hence the decisions for post processing. I like the rows of rivets, in perfect formation, and tried several angles to get enough side light to show the texture. A high ISO was needed, resulting in a noisy image, because I didn’t take a tripod. That meant some softening caused by noise reduction software, but it worked in this case because it added to the aged feel I wanted. I’ll go better prepared next time.
Going out with something in mind is certainly easier. Is easier better? Who knows.