In December there are many things that shine brightly – from the stars that sparkle in the night sky to the sparkle of ice. This month we challenged the Lowepro Storytellers to show us the things in their world that “sparkle”.

Photo by Willow McDonough

What girl doesn’t love a bit of sparkle? Especially around the holidays, when life lights up a little brighter and new beginnings are around the corner.

Willow McDonough

Photo by Shawn Talbot

Captured at sunset at the iceberg cemetery (Diamond Beach) near the Jokulsarlon Lagoon in Iceland. This was on excursion three of five to Iceland – one of my favorite places on Earth.

Canon 5D Mark III
f/8; 1/100 sec; ISO 200; 70mm lens

Shawn Talbot

Photo by Glenn Bartley

As it scans the rainforest from left to right the feathers on this Velvet Purple Coronet Hummingbird change from black to a brilliant purple. This species is one of the absolute best examples of iridescence in the natural world.

Glenn Bartley

Photo by Jeff Hinman

I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was -39 Celsius with the wind chill, as I laid in the field waiting for the sun to fade, all I saw was frozen sparkles all over.

Jeff Hinman

Photo by Luke Pearsall

With the holidays upon us, the twinkle of lights seem to surround us in every way. We see them in store windows, on streets, adorning people’s homes and Christmas trees. There is something incredible and magical about a twinkling light. For me the most special twinkle that you can ever see is always above us on a starlit night. This image is from Joshua Tree National Park on one of those nights. The full moon was just rising and gave enough light with my Sony A7III to capture this Joshua Tree and the stars all in one frame without any external lighting sources. It is an incredible feeling to sit in the dark alone in a remote place and watch the sky twinkle in all its glory.

Sony A7III
24-70 G Master Lens
Shot at 30mm
4 seconds @ f/2.8
ISO 1250

Luke Pearsall

Photo by Mitchel Wu

The word “sparkle” can have several meanings – some literal, some figurative. I went the literal route, as the scraping metal “sparkle” effects behind the tail of the bus was created with an actual sparkler.

Canon 5D3 + Canon 135mm f2L at f/2.5. ISO 1250 1/1000 sec.

Mitchel Wu


Dave & Quin Cheung

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Aurora Lampson

About Aurora Lampson

Aurora is the Social Media and Community Manager at Lowepro. When not in the office Aurora is a professional commercial and portrait photographer.

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