Joe has teamed up with photographer Oliver Klink to offer a number of exciting multi-day photo workshops in Haines and other locations.
Bald Eagle Photography
Haines and the Chilkat Valley are famous for the Bald Eagles that congregate here. The eagles begin to arrive in October, and by November there are literally thousands of eagles gathered in the Chilkat Valley. Joe Ordonez offers private photo workshops for select participants. Joe is a local and has been guiding in Haines since 1986. In addition to photography, his knowledge of the local history, Native culture and natural history add depth to the experience.
These workshops are designed for one or two individuals at a time. A variety of options, from one-day tours, to multiple-day workshops complete with lodging are available.
In October, bald eagles and fall colors are a highlight, along with a chance to still see brown bear before their winter hibernation. In November and early December, Joe can take you to the best places to photograph bald eagles. The weather can be extreme, but the eagles tough it out to feast on a late run of salmon. The low-angle light that time of year is amazing, and the giant mountains, frozen rivers, and snow-covered trees provide a stunning backdrop. In the evening, there is the possibility of Northern Lights. Trumpeter swans, moose, and a variety of other Alaskan birds and creatures add interest.
It’s the eagles that steal the show. Learn to capture portrait, habitat, and flights shots of the beautiful and charismatic bird. Space is extremely limited.
Fall Foliage in the Yukon and Chilkat Valley
Haines and Skagway are located only fifteen miles apart as the crow flies, but the drive from one town to the other requires a journey of 350 miles. This route, known as the Golden Circle, is like no other, and early September is the best time to experience it. Our one-week photographic journey features mountain passes, wildlife, fall colors, spawning salmon, waterfalls, Native culture, and gold rush history.We start in Haines, with brown bear eating salmon along the river, and climb up to the Chilkat Summit where fall ignites the aspen trees. Explore Canada’s Kluane National Park, home of the largest non-polar icefields in the world, and continue to Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. Cross the Yukon Plateau and drop down the famous White Pass, with its azure lakes, sculpted granite peaks, and dwarf spruce trees. Return to the rugged coast in Skagway, where the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 comes alive. Complete the circle with a fifteen-mile boat ride. We cruise along the steep-walled fjord with bald eagles perched on the conifers and waterfalls spilling thousands of feet down from the cliffs above as we return to Haines.
Guatemala Photography Odyssey: “The Heart of the Mayan Culture”
Guatemala is the most colorful country in Central America, if not the world. With its friendly people, ancient Mayan archeology, tropical rain forests, and stunning mountain scenery, this is a photographer’s dream. We will spend eleven days exploring and photographing Guatemala. Joe knows this country well-his father was born here, and Joe has been visiting and photographing here since he was a child. We will explore the highlights- the colonial city of Antigua, the highland market at Chichicastenango, the stunning beauty of Lake Atitlan, and the jungle-clad Mayan ruins of Tikal.