Through the Lens: Worth the wait

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“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.

Respect

I always say that the best moments come before and after the actual event. At halftime, during Week 2 against the Vikings, the Green Bay Packers held a ceremony to honor Packers all-time great and newly elected Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer. It was very cool to document Kramer’s reaction during the event, especially the fans and their love for him as they unveiled his name on the façade at Lambeau Field. Afterwards, I kind of kept eye on Kramer as he was approached/embraced by family members and players. My hope was to capture a nice genuine moment. That moment happened when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers came over and paid his respects. I made sure that I was in the right spot at the right time. The grip in the handshake and their eyes really makes the moment powerful – it was worth the wait. This image was shot with a 35mm lens (ISO = 100, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/3200th)

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Gold

Anytime I see a splash of color I’m going to try and showcase it in my compositions. During Week 4 the team busted out their throwback jerseys. I have a love/hate relationship with the throwbacks. I like the look of them but they wear them once a year, which makes it somewhat difficult because I always like to showcase our players in our green and gold. During my pregame opportunities I noticed Mike Daniels had a gold strip across his nose, which popped with color. Anytime I need a game face I always look for Daniels. The guy sports intensity 24/7 on the field. What I love most about this image is the very shallow depth of field, which made a very cool bokeh (the out-of-focus parts in an image produced by the lens). The patches of gold in the bokeh just add to the vivid color scheme. This image was shot with an 85mm lens (ISO = 400, Aperture = f1.2, Shutter = 1/8000th)

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When I see an image that moves me or just looks really cool, the first thing I want to know is: How was that picture made or what was the thought process? This image is a perfect example of why I love deconstructing/critiquing my own images. There is nothing fancy about this photo but what I love are all the little details, shadows, reflections, body language, mood and the location where the image was made. There’s no doubt that some of my imagery can be redundant due to the same routines, but the satisfaction is making the image stronger each time you compose and capture it. This moment was taken as the third wave of players made its way from the locker room to the field for warmups. I’ve shot this image a lot but every moment is different. This time everything seemed to compose perfectly, or at least through my eyes. First, I like that Rodgers, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle are walking in unison (right smack in the middle) with their numbers in sequence, all sporting a white wristband on their left wrists. Second, the overhead lights hit them perfectly as they march down the shadowy hallway. Third, I like the play on words of the “exit” sign shown in the background. Fourth, centering the frame helped with balancing the composition; all the lines are pointing my way. Lastly, the players are all looking my way, with a look of intensity as they head out to hit the gridiron. This image was shot with an 85mm lens (ISO = 4000, Aperture = f2, Shutter = 1/500th)

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

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