17 Exciting Photographs To Stimulate Your Imagination
Exciting photographs to stimulate your imagination, at least I hope they are.
Hopefully some of these will be inspiring images to those who have lost the zest they had for photography.
Even if you’re still full of enthusiasm, some of these photos might suggest possible shots to you.
They’re very ordinary photos that were all shot close to home.
Basically they’re the result of usually carrying a camera whenever I go for a drive or walk.
One thing all these photographs have in common is that they were all taken outdoors.
If you’re in a rut and can’t seem to find anything you want to photograph anymore, check these out.
You might see something that reignites the enthusiasm you had to get out your camera, and start shooting again.
Or perhaps they’ll get you to discover other photographic collections that will get you to take out your camera again.
Some exciting photographs
I live no more than an hours drive from any of these locations.
Regardless of where you live, I expect you can get many great photographs nearby.
If you haven’t done so, go out and see what you can record, and add to your collection.
Have a look at the images below to get ideas of what you may find.
1. View of the River Corrib
This photo shows a view of the River Corrib at Woodquay, Galway, Ireland.
There are rivers everywhere, I doubt if you live more than a few miles from one.
Some of them go from source to the sea without passing through an urban area.
Then there are others who do flow through towns and cities.
In all probability there’s a river flowing through the town you live in.
Find a scenic part of it and photograph it.
2. Family of Swans
An exciting photograph of a family of swans in Galway.
Swans are birds that live on water most of the time.
In Galway we find them on the sea, the river, and also on lakes, sometimes switching between locations.
They’re a very majestic looking bird, and always look special in a photograph.
Try finding some swans when you have your camera with you. It’ll be almost impossible to resist taking a photograph, or several.
3. The Prom, Salthill
This photo shows The Promenade, locally known as The Prom in Salthill, Galway.
The Prom in Salthill is the most popular place in Galway to go for a walk.
Winter, Summer, in sunshine or storm, there will be people walking here most of the day.
This photograph was taken very early in the morning before it became thronged.
Where do people like to walk where you live?
Go there and get some images, perhaps some very exciting photographs.
4. A remote shed
A little shed in a remote part of Connemara, Galway.
Connemara is a scenic area in the West of Ireland, with some rugged, remote parts like this.
If you live within easy access to a remote area, try to get a photograph of it.
It may not have a feature anything like this little shed, but it will have it’s own memorable ones.
Places like this might be rough to live in, but they yield many exhilarating shots.
Some will add depth to your portfolio.
This is a very common shrub in Ireland.
You don’t need to go to the heart of the countryside to find shrubs.
There’s an abundance of them in parks and gardens in every city.
Many are colourful during part of the year, just like fuchsia is.
Once again, photograph them, particularly when they’re in full bloom.
6. On a hilltop
Some cattle on top of a hill who look like they’re enjoying the view.
Off you go into the countryside again, and a shot like this may not be as easy to find.
Yes you should find farm animals, they will be waiting for you on every farm.
Hills should be easy to locate also, you only want small hills, that you can stand under with your camera.
The tricky part is finding a hill with a farm animal standing on the top of it.
When you do, you have a great photo opportunity, yielding either a humorous, or a curious image.
7. An exciting photograph of Galway Docks
This photograph dated from when The Volvo Ocean Race visited Galway in 2009.
The Volvo Ocean Takes place every three years and only visits a handful of ports each time.
It may not come close to you, but other festivals almost certainly will.
Whatever festival does, it’s bound to provide some wonderful photo opportunities.
While most of the phots I suggest here are either ever present or frequent, festival photographs are occasional possibilities.
Even if it’s an annual festival, it won’t be exactly the same ever again.
They provide a great chance to enjoy the festival, and get some photographs of it.
8. Lough Corrib
In this photo there is a view of the North West side of Lough Corrib, Galway.
Lough Corrib is the largest lake in The Republic of Ireland, and has a lot of scenery.
There’s an abundance of lakes all over the world, and some near to you.
I find it’s easy to drive for miles through landscape and not want to stop to take a photograph.
However when a water feature comes into view, it usually demands to be photographed.
Lakes seem to have that affect more so than rivers and sea.
You won’t find it hard to find a lake, and it will have some enticing views.
9. Grey Heron
This bird is a grey heron, which are very common in the West of Ireland, and actually throughout the country.
I don’t know if grey herons are common where you live, but they’re found in Europe, Asia and Africa.
If they’re not near you, then I expect there are other, similar, rather large birds that are.
All sort of animals and birds make great subjects to photograph, unlike humans, being unaware of what’s happening.
Try to photograph a large bird, whether it’s a grey heron or an entirely different bird.
10. Dunguaire Castle
This is a castle in South County Galway, that’s famous for it’s medieval banquets and traditional entertainment.
All castles don’t host medieval banquets, but they’re nearly all a joy to photograph.
Generally they’re all different, and while some have similarities, they’re all more or less individual.
Find a castle, or several, and take some photographs.
11. St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tuam, Co. Galway
This is one of two Cathedrals in Tuam, the second biggest town in the county after Galway City.
Like castles, churches are generally great and individualistic buildings, with a lot of artwork throughout.
While castles are not always in use anymore, churches are much more likely to be.
Whether castles are in use or not, they are usually privately owned, and not always accessible.
On the other hand, churches are very accessible, so you can photograph the interior also.
Churches, or other places of worship, are everywhere, and easily photographed.
It would be nice to photograph one or more of them.
12. Mountain sheep
Mountain sheep are somewhat different to the usual sheep found on a farm.
In Ireland they tend to roam freely in mountainous areas, climbing the slopes at will.
They seem to spend a lot of time on the side of roads also, but rarely get hit by traffic.
With the rugged terrain they inhabit as a backdrop, they can certainly make exciting photographs.
If you don’t have easy access to mountain sheep, try to photograph ordinary farm sheep.
While around a farm you never know what other animals you could meet, and I bet they’ll pose for you.
13. Rossaveal Harbour another exciting photograph
Rossaveal is the main fishing port in County Galway, situated in the heart of Connemara.
It’s also the home of the ferry connection with the Aran Islands, three popular islands in Galway Bay.
This photograph shows some of the port’s fleet anchored in the harbour.
If you live anywhere near a fishing port try to pay it a visit.
There are photographs to be taken there which are different to anywhere else.
Some of these will ad variety to any portfolio.
14. Air Show in Salthill
This photograph was take at an Air Show in Salthill, a seaside resort just west of Galway City.
The Air Show was a very popular annual event which was discontinued some years ago.
It used to attract large crowds to the area who seemed to enjoy it immensely.
If you get the opportunity to attend an Air Show, once again, there’s exciting photographs to be had.
15. Guinea Fowl
These are not a native Irish species, but some are kept on farms here.
I don’t know where this one came from, but it paid us a visit some years ago.
We never saw it again, but we did manage to grab a few photos of it.
If any exotic birds pay you a visit, grab your camera, and record the fact.
It may not happen, so perhaps you should try to find a farm or sanctuary that has some.
There may only be more common fowl there, like turkeys, or chickens, but they’re worth a photo also.
16. Galway Golf Course
This photograph shows a view of the Galway Golf Course in Salthill.
Golf is a very popular sport throughout the world, and Galway is no different.
The noted golfers Christy O’Connor Snr. and Jr. both came from close to this course.
You probably won’t have to travel far to find a golf course, they’re rather common.
They’re one of the biggest constructed sporting arenas, and definitely one of the most photogenic.
They will have ponds, bunkers and probably trees, to provide very scenic settings.
17. Salmon fishing in Galway
This photograph shows The Salmon Weir on the River Corrib in Galway City.
The weir controls the water flowing through the city from this point.
It’s common for fishermen to wade into the water to fish foe salmon here.
In this photograph there is only one fisherman, there’s often several to be seen here.
This image was taken very close to where the first image on this page was snapped.
The white buildings in both are the same ones, but shot from right angles to one another.
It may be easier to find people fishing from the shore than in mid river like this.
Wherever you come across them, they will also make an interesting photograph.
Go and get some exciting photographs
Whether you’ve been inspired or bored with these photographs, get your camera out anyway.
Go and take some photographs near to home.
Places change over time and it’s great to have photos of what they used to look like.
Whatever photographs you take, always enjoy yourself while you’re getting them.
If you’re enjoying yourself all images will be exciting photographs.