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Behind the Lens: A Look Back at the Top Photos from the 2022 Season – No. 5

Counting down the best photos from the Chiefs’ archives in 2022

A photograph can be powerful. It possesses the ability to capture the raw emotion of a singular moment and preserve an otherwise fleeting snippet of time, telling a story in the process.

In the days leading up to training camp, we're taking a look back at 10 of the best photos from the 2022-23 season along with commentary from Chiefs' Director of Photography Steve Sanders. Unlike in previous years, this isn't a countdown of Sanders' top images, but rather the story of the Chiefs' championship season told through some of his favorite photos.

Here's a look at what we've covered so far: No. 10 | No. 9 | No. 8 | No. 7 | No. 6

We'll continue with No. 5:

"Big Red"


Game: Week 14 at Denver

The Subject: Head Coach Andy Reid observes warmups prior to the Chiefs' matchup vs. the Broncos.

Taken By: Sam Lutz

Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Focal Length: 30 mm

Exposure Time: 1/2,500

Aperture: f/2.8

Steve Sanders' Thoughts:

Q: Why did you choose to include this photo in the collection?

Sanders: "Denver is always one of those places where the light is going to be pretty amazing if it's sunny. The Rocky Mountain sunshine is great – it's similar to the light in southern California," Sanders said. "The light creates opportunities for really nice portraits because you have a lot of contrast, and I think this picture of Coach Reid stood out. He has the same routine every game – he always stands out there at the 40-yard line watching warmups – and I felt like this picture captured the command he has over the team. I know it's of his back, but I think it shows him in a great light."

Q: Why did you choose to make this black and white?

Sanders: "This photo had a lot of deep shadows that we were able to really bring out with black and white that we might not have been able to bring out with color," Sanders said. "I just thought it made the image a little more dramatic than the hazy color photo."