Through the Lens: A day filled with emotion and gratitude

“Through the Lens” has appeared once per week during the offseason, as Packers team photographer Evan Siegle has deconstructed some of his favorite images from the 2018 season. This is the final installment reviewing the past season.

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Honor Flight

This past November I was asked if I’d like to document the first ever Old Glory Honor Flight leaving from Austin Straubel International Airport. It was a no-brainer. On the trip I joined former Packers Mark Tauscher, Lynn Dickey, Paul Coffman, Marco Rivera and Earl Dotson as they accompanied more than 70 local World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans to tour Washington, D.C. We visited the National WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial and many other monuments and memorials. One of my favorite images from the trip was when we visited the United States Navy Memorial. I captured this image of former Packers guard Marco Rivera sporting a big smile as he took a photo with Chester Kozlowski, a WWII veteran, and his brother Ray, a Korean War veteran, near the plaza. It was fun documenting the players as they visited with the veterans. It was a day filled with emotion and gratitude, something I’ll never forget. Thank you, veterans. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = f2.2, Shutter = 1/5000th)

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Helping hands

In late September last year, I joined several members of the Green Bay Packers community outreach staff, Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer and other Packers alumni on a playground build in Milwaukee. With the help of the Milwaukee Police Department and other volunteers they installed a new playground, near N31st and W. Galena Street, as part of the 2018 Hometown Huddle. The weather was perfect, which made for some nice colorful compositions. I like this image of Kizer as he gets a helping hand from a Milwaukee police officer and Packers Hall of Famer Frank Winters as they try to piece together part of the playground equipment. A lot of volunteers took time that day to make the community a little bit better. I’m sure there will be a lot of youngsters smiling at that park now. This image was shot with an 35mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/2000th)

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Twelve

At home games when the offensive unit is introduced, No. 12 is the last player to exit the tunnel. He simply walks through the projected “G” with a calm demeanor, and then jogs out to a roaring crowd. I pray that I captured a nice frame or two of Aaron during those final seconds in the tunnel. I usually don’t know what I’ve captured until I’m kneeling along the lines after kickoff. This image was made during Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins. I thought it was the perfect image to end this year’s “Through the Lens” series, as if Rodgers is walking into a brand new season. I think we are all looking forward to Sept. 5! This image was shot with an 85mm lens (ISO = 3200, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/1000th)

Team photographer Evan Siegle shares some of his favorite images of the 2018 season.

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