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Through the Lens: Abstract ideas, pregame routines, annual traditions

Posted Apr 20, 2018

Compositions of all sorts can emerge

‘Through the Lens’ will appear once per week during the offseason. Packers team photographer Evan Siegle deconstructs some of his favorite images from the 2017 season. Each week will offer a new photo gallery of some of his best photos from the past season.

 

Searching for abstracts

When I’m not photographing the team I’m usually photographing something else around the stadium, which could be anything from an event at Titletown or a function inside the Atrium. When I have down time, I try to wander around the grounds, or even inside the stadium, in search of something abstract or visually appealing. Sometimes I find a worthy photo and other times I leave with a good idea for a future composition. One idea I revisited was photographing the giant Packers logo located at the south end zone roof deck. I thought the giant “G” would look pretty cool with an interesting sky. In the end it made for a nice graphical image. This image was shot with a 24mm lens (ISO = 400, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/1000th).


Pregame

I have a game-day routine for covering games, especially on the road. Once our bus arrives at the stadium, I’m off to the field to make pictures. The first thing I concentrate on, after I dump my bags behind the team bench, is photographing the players as they interact with teammates, stretch, warm-up, or as they check out the surroundings. It can be redundant but most of the time I come away with something different. During the second game of the season, in Atlanta, I found myself photographing Randall Cobb as he started his pre-game routine. This time he was dressed in a sleeveless hoodie. I liked the look because it added a little swagger, focus and grit to the image. It was just one of the images I included in our pre-game photo gallery. Funny thing was that the next day a bunch of people reached out to me on where they could buy that sleeveless hoodie! This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO =1000, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/800th).

 

Tradition

The tradition of Packers players riding kids’ bicycles to training-camp practice is simply awesome. It’s actually a gold mine for images. It’s always fun to document the new players as they partake in the tradition, too. The interaction between a professional athlete and a youngster is priceless. As the years go on the rides continue to change from regular bicycles to scooters to three-wheelers, but what doesn’t change are the smiles. A perfect example of that is this image of Packers running back Devante Mays as he says hello to a youngster while heading to practice. This photo just makes you want to smile. July can’t come soon enough! This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/5000th).

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