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Through the Lens: Magic, effort, emotion all captured with Packers
Team photographer Evan Siegle’s final installment reviewing 2019
By Evan Siegle Jun 05, 2020
Photographs By Evan Siegle, packers.com

'Through the Lens' has appeared once per week during the offseason. Packers team photographer Evan Siegle deconstructed some of his favorite images from the 2019 season. Each week offered a new photo line-up of some of his best photos and stories from the past season. This is the final installment.

The magician

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The magician

Arrowhead Stadium is probably one of my favorite venues to photograph games in (besides Lambeau Field). I love the saturated red seats and some of the other characteristics around the stadium. This past season I was lucky enough to have covered two games at Arrowhead. This image came from the preseason game, but this time it wasn't the colors that caught my eye, it was the clouds.

"That small little detail made the photo stand out from the rest."

When I first noticed the cloud pattern, I quickly raced around looking for how I could compose an image with a player in the composition. I noticed that Aaron Rodgers was starting to warm up, so I decided to concentrate on him. I snapped off about 20 frames and then the clouds quietly broke up and passed along. At first, I didn't think I had a worthy image but going through my edits I noticed this one image of Aaron, as if he's magically holding a ball above his hand. That small little detail made the photo stand out from the rest. This image was shot with a 24mm lens (ISO = 800, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/2500th).

Playing in the snow

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Playing in the snow

There's just something cool about football being played in the snow. I will admit it's a focusing challenge with a lens and camera, but snowflakes can really add texture and feel to a composition.

"It’s one of those images you can stare at for a while."

I really like the snowfall in this image of cornerback Kevin King as he makes a defensive play during the game. I also love looking at all the fans and members of the media as they watch. It's one of those images you can stare at for a while. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 2500, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/2500th).

Get Loud Lambeau

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Get Loud Lambeau

No direction needed for Preston Smith during our player portrait sessions. My three-light setup is pretty easy, which involves one main light (Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000) with a huge Litemotiv 190cm soft box and two side lights (Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 500) with two Rotalux strip boxes 50x130cm. This image was shot with a 85mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = 11, Shutter = 1/250th).

For the fans

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For the fans

When the Packers' defensive squad went on to celebrate after a takeaway against the Broncos (in the opposite direction), I was a little bummed because I was on the other end of the field.

"...the smiles and reactions by the fans are priceless."

Instead of photographing the back of the players I decided to focus on the crowd, I'm glad that I did because the smiles and reactions by the fans are priceless. Best part about the image is the Broncos fan giving the thumbs down! This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 800, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/2500th).

Smokescreen

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Smokescreen

I like a good silhouette from time to time. It's also a chance to be creative, too. The tunnel is the perfect place to capture this technique due to the dark shadows against the white smoke in the background. I think what makes this a great composition is the use of dead space, the lingering smoke and the player on the left walking into the frame, which adds a nice balance. The image has a documentary feel to it, which I like. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 2500, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/100th).

Complete Savage

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Complete Savage

I think every sports photographer should carry a wide-angle lens when covering a game. Some of my best work comes from a 35mm lens. I document every game with three lenses – 400mm, 135mm and 35mm. My 35mm is dedicated to scenic imagery, end-zone celebrations and those wishful, back-diving leaps and catches in the back of the end zone. This image of Darnell Savage is a perfect example of why I love having a wide-angle lens when covering a game. I love how the composition gives it a sense of place and his teammates run in to help celebrate. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 640, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/3200th).

Laying it all out

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Laying it all out

Just a nice image of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fighting to get into the end zone during the game against the Chargers.

"....it creates a great moment."

Anytime you have a player laying it out, it creates a great moment. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 640, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/2500th).

Mr. Jones

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Mr. Jones

I always say that jubilation is fun to document. I particularly love this image of Packers running back Aaron Jones because of the circular bokeh pattern. After a breakout year, this photo seems to do justice for No. 33. This image was shot with a 135mm lens (ISO = 500, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/3200th).

Game time

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Game time

I captured this moment inside the players' tunnel just seconds before the team took the field. I've made dozens of images from inside the tunnel, but I like how Packers cornerback Kevin King waved a white towel around. It adds a subtle sense of urgency and intensity, as if they are heading to battle out on the gridiron. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 2500, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/1250th).

For the love of the game

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For the love of the game

There's nothing better than capturing the elation on a player's face, especially after a score or big play.

"This game can bring so much joy..."

Aaron's face is pure gold here, after he ran in for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. This game can bring so much joy, pictures included. This image was shot with a 135mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/320th).

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