'Through the Lens' will appear once per week during the offseason. Packers team photographer Evan Siegle deconstructs some of his favorite images from the 2019 season. Each week will offer a new photo line-up of some of his best photos and stories from the past season.
Sometimes my job is like living Groundhog Day. It's repetition over and over again. But even though I repetitively document certain situations, like the players' introductions, I always seem to find new moments and compositions. It could be the changing in light, something I can incorporate into the composition, or just unexpected body language. Throughout the season I try to remember how players act and what they do when they are introduced before the game. Some players just run out as fast as they can, and some players strut out to hype up the crowd with hand gestures or special moves.
"I always seem to find new moments and compositions."
After the first two games I remembered that cornerback Kevin King had a pretty cool entrance. I like this moment of King, during Week 7 against the Raiders, because of how the smoke creates a visual pattern around him, the way Kevin's hair is flying around and his swagger. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 200, Aperture = f2.8, Shutter = 1/1250th).
It's a tradition like nothing else. The pictures come easy during training camp, especially when you have professional athletes riding bicycles with youngsters. I've documented players riding bikes along DreamDrive with training wheels, skateboards, fat tires, three-wheel bikes and everything in between.
"Jones had the biggest smile on his face while riding to practice that day."
This past training camp I captured something new. Packers running back Aaron Jones rode to practice with a youngster who was attached by a self-pedaling bike trailer…he had an actual co-pilot! Jones had the biggest smile on his face while riding to practice that day. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/4000th).
It's not hard to document grit, sweat and power inside the weight room. This past season I hung out in the weight room once or twice a week. It's pretty impressive seeing the players lift weights and take part in their strength and conditioning. I try to focus on the intensity and sheer power. You won't find smiling pictures in these takes.
"His look of determination says it all."
I like this image of Josh Jackson as he works on his leg routine. His look of determination says it all. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 3200, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/500th).
Last season (preseason, regular and playoff games) I snapped off around 92,000 photos. Each game is about 4,000 images. That's a lot of images! After the season is over, I tend to go through all of my images and give them a harsh critique or deconstruction, mainly to tell myself what I like and dislike about the images or what I might try to do differently next time around. Sometimes I find a photo that I really like because of the light or execution, but sometimes it's because of good timing and a little luck. I really like this image of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in motion as he gets ready to let a deep ball fly out of his hand. I love the framing and light snowfall in the composition. This one was definitely in the top 25 of the thousands of images I took that game. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 2500, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/2500th).
Here's a nice quiet moment of Adrian Amos before the Vikings road game in December. The shallow depth-of-field and dim surroundings gave the photo a nice mood and feel.
This image was shot with a 85mm lens (ISO = 1000, Aperture = 1.2, Shutter = 1/8000th).
You always want your imagery to tell the story of the game. The Packers' defense stepped up big-time during the season opener against the NFC North rival Bears at Soldier Field. I thought this photo was a perfect storytelling image from that game. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 2500, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/2000th).
The best thing about Ford Field is the long winding tunnel from the visitors' locker room to the field. That long walk allows for some great compositions, thanks to the concrete walls and banks of ceiling lights that are spread out every 15-feet. Before the game I made this image of Davante Adams as he walked down the tunnel towards the field. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 4000, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/800th).
I had a blast photographing Preston Smith (and Za'Darius Smith) on the field this past season. They both created some great defensive imagery for me, but they also brought out some great celebration moves.
"Let's just say that Preston had a lot of screams last season."
After a big play or sack by Preston he would hit the ground with his hands, stand up, lean back and let out a giant scream. Let's just say that Preston had a lot of screams last season. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 3200, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/3200th).
I usually photograph the entire game in the back of the end zone, always in front of the action. On this particular play I was set up along the sidelines, near the Packers' bench. I'm glad that I moved because I was able to get this shot of running back Jamaal Williams as he broke away for a long run. I love the wide-open space around him. The side view also gave it a nice clean look, too. This image was shot with a 400mm lens (ISO = 400, Aperture = 2.8, Shutter = 1/3200th).
This is the type of moment that I strive to look for – moments that are rare, unexpected and only happen behind the scenes or places that others might not have a chance to go. My approach to my craft is like being a documentary photographer. I try to put myself in the right places and wait for moments to happen or unfold. Sometimes a moment can happen really fast, too, so you always want to be prepared. While documenting the players before introductions (during the Philadelphia Eagles game), I came across this unbelievable moment of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he leaned back against the tunnel wall.
"It was a beautiful scene."
You could tell that he was taking a moment for himself, getting his mindset right before taking the field. It was a beautiful scene. I took advantage of the backlit tunnel to silhouette Rodgers, too. I believe that you don't need to see his face to realize that it's Aaron Rodgers. Some players have that unrecognizable identity. I wanted Rodgers to be dominant in the frame, so I only allowed a sliver of the tunnel to depict the surroundings. The composition has more of a graphical approach, which I like. Everything came together to make this image special, from the mood, composition and light. It was a great unexpected moment and one of my favorite images from the season. This image was shot with a 85mm lens (ISO = 4000, Aperture = 2, Shutter = 1/320th).