Through the Lens: Simple says it all

WR Randall Cobb and RB Jamaal Williams walk down a tunnel adjacent to the locker room at Soldier Field
WR Randall Cobb (18) and RB Jamaal Williams (30) walk down a tunnel adjacent to the locker room at Soldier Field

‘Through the Lens’ will appear once per week during the offseason. Packers team photographer Evan Siegle deconstructs some of his favorite images from the 2018 season. Each week will offer a new photo gallery of some of his best photos from the past season.

Walk this Way

I’m a sucker for black-and-white imagery. With that said, I’m also a big fan of our road jerseys, too, because they work best for black-and-white photography. Once our buses arrived at Soldier Field, during Week 15’s NFC North matchup with the Bears, I made my way to the field. As I broke away from the pack of players, I noticed a long, narrow hallway that led to our locker room. The hallway had white concrete walls with black flooring. It was a composition that I knew would showcase a bold contrast. It was a picture that I had to make, too. I made several attempts as players and coaches made their way in and out of the locker room while heading down the hallway. I finally determined that it would be best if the hallway had just one or two players in the frame. So, I decided to wait until the returners hit the field for warm-ups. I remember telling a couple of my colleagues I was going to center myself up in the hallway, snap off some frames and get out of the way so other people could photograph the players as they made their way to the field. The final composition ended up being of Randall Cobb and Jamaal Williams as they walk out of the locker room. Sometimes you just want to capture something visual. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 4000, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/1000th)

TE Jimmy Graham celebrates a touchdown by doing a "Lambeau Leap"
TE Jimmy Graham celebrates a touchdown by doing a "Lambeau Leap"

Hear Me Roar

Anytime you get a new player in town, especially a receiver, running back or tight end, you hope to document them taking part in their first celebratory Lambeau Leap. As a photographer you look for reaction, body language, clean angles, visible face and most importantly a non-spilling beer zone! But it really depends on who the player is because some players are better at the leap than others. I’ve seen players thump into the wall or only make it up half way. I think the best player I photograph was Donald Driver, he had the hops and the infectious smile. This past season I think the award for best Lambeau Leap went to Jimmy Graham. The guy basically stepped over the wall and let out the biggest roar, it was epic. This image was shot with an 35mm lens (ISO = 400, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/2000th)

QB Aaron Rodgers walks off Lambeau Field after the Packers' improbable Week 1 comeback victory over the Chicago Bears
QB Aaron Rodgers walks off Lambeau Field after the Packers' improbable Week 1 comeback victory over the Chicago Bears

The Man

NFC North divisional games are the best…. And this year’s season opener against Chicago didn’t disappoint, on all levels. No one ever thought that Aaron Rodgers would leave the game with an injury, again. Luckily, he came back and led the Packers to an unbelievable win over the Bears. I captured a lot of great moments from that game (especially in the fourth quarter) like Geronimo Allison’s spectacular diving touchdown grab, Davante Adam’s touchdown catch and Randall Cobb’s unbelievable 75-yard touchdown. The stadium was electric and it was the perfect way to start the season. I captured this image of Rodgers as he walked off the field while being surrounded by media members. A simple body gesture says it all. This image was shot with an 35mm lens (ISO = 1000, Aperture = f2.2, Shutter = 1/1250th)

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

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