"Through the Lens" will appear once per week during the offseason, as Packers team photographer Evan Siegle deconstructs some of his favorite images. This week Siegle will feature some of his favorites of former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who recently announced his retirement from the NFL. Nelson, the Packers' fifth all-time leading receiver, will go down as one of the greatest receivers in franchise history.
This image of Nelson spiking the ball will go down as one of my favorite reaction images of him during my time as Packers team photographer. I love the clean composition, toning and the swagger that is displayed in the image. Nelson was simply a playmaker, from his speed to his remarkable hands. This image was captured from a December game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, when Jordy put up beast-mode numbers. He busted out for 154 yards and two touchdowns. I can still picture him making the catch and racing towards the end zone, with his touchdown stamped by this epic ball spike. No. 87 always made it in my "Top Pics" folder. This image was shot with a 135mm lens (ISO = 500, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/2500th)
Cruzin' after camp
If you've ever attended a training camp practice at Lambeau Field then you've probably heard fans screaming as they watch their favorite players bike or walk to the practice field. The loudest cheers always seemed to be when Jordy rode past, too. At one of the night practices, in August of 2017, I decided to shoot from a higher position, mainly to showcase a different perspective and the size of the crowd. Being that the players weren't wearing their jerseys I wanted to photograph a player who fans could instantly recognize. Sure enough, Jordy came rolling along with his bicycle, which was decked out with a front basket. He weaved back and forth giving high-fives with the spectators. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 2500, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/400th)
Who could forget this play against the Chicago Bears in 2016? The 60-yard completion, Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. The play that set up the Packers' game-winning field goal as time expired. It's always great to capture a solid action shot but it's awesome when you capture a moment that has so much meaning. I have so many images of Nelson making jaw-dropping plays, but this one stands out because of what was on the line. I love how the ball is falling right into the hands of Nelson. It was a big-time play during a big-time game…it was clutch. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 4000, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/2000th)
Team photographer Evan Siegle shares some of his favorite images he took of Packers WR Jordy Nelson through the years.