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+Virtual Photo Walks™  mission is to allow isolated people to become interactive citizens again. Utilizing the Internet, video chat and smart phones, people are able to visit and interact with mobile guides all over the world and to visit they people and places they could only dream about before.
Virtual Photo Walks reaches out to isolated individuals and communities, enlists photographers all over the world and then moderates, records and edits the interactive Walks to assure the safety and privacy of participants and to archive the experience so that the participants can share and look back on them. Virtual Photo Walks Inc is a 501c3 public charity in the USA.
 Here is a link the shows how it all got started
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Thank you to the hundreds of people who have given their time to help people less fortunate.
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Virtual Photo Walks will be in Washington DC at the WW11 Memorial with VPW reporter +Ron Mecredy     and his father visiting it with an Honor Flight this Wed the 29th, today 1130AM est
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 Virtual Photo Walks will be in Washington DC at the WW11 Memorial with VPW reporter +Ron Mecredy   and his father visiting it with an Honor Flight this Wed the 29th, today 1130AM est. If you know a WW11 Veteran that would like an invite, message John Butterill sorry this is short notice.
This is a private event. If your part of the enabled disabled community and want to be invited fill out the form on 
to be included in future events.
This event has been requested by a few of our community and we are so happy VPW was able to do this for them.
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Virtual Photo Walks can be found on Facebook and Twitter, if you know someone who who would like to participate, contact us through social media or vist our site. 
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Lets walk the walk for those that can't together.
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Treatment of war vet a disgrace
Ninety-year-old World War II veteran Art Boon said it best.
With a little “common sense” Stratford’s Avon Maitland District School Board could have avoided the firestorm of controversy it’s facing for making an outrageous and unfeeling decision.
That was to deny Boon’s son, Rick, a teacher, a one-week unpaid leave of absence to accompany his father to the Netherlands Friday, for ceremonies honouring its liberation by Canadian soldiers.
As our sister paper, the Stratford Beacon Herald, has explained, Boon landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day as part of a tank crew and “fought his way through France, Belgium and the Netherlands before ending the war in Germany.
“He recalled sitting in a Dutch home where they were eating tulip bulbs ... He still chokes up when he recalls the Dutch children who were starving to death.
“‘They got a lot of our food’, Boon said. ‘Naturally, you can’t just see a kid starve to death.’”
Canada owns Boon a debt we can never repay. The Dutch haven’t forgotten that, even if this school board has.
But we are even more indebted to Boon because to this day ­— indeed in this very week — he continues to give freely of his time to local schools, telling students about his war-time experiences so they will never forget the enormity of the sacrifices our veterans made so we could live in freedom.
Compared to this giant of a man, the excuses the school board offers for its ridiculous decision are pathetic.
They’re worried about setting a precedent? About the perception of favouritism in granting leave?
How many 90-year-old war vets do they have in their community who would benefit by having their teacher son, who knows his father’s medical needs, accompany him on his trip?
Local MP Gary Schellenberger, singer-songwriter Loreena McKennitt and thousands of Canadians in the Stratford area and beyond are protesting and signing petitions demanding the school board reverse its decision.
Boon says he will still go to the Netherlands even if his son can’t accompany him, but if that happens, it will be a disgrace on this school board.
Which still has time to apologize, albeit very little, and to make the right decision
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Join the $40k in 40hr challenge and donate at
Help the local Nepalese who have mobilized to support their own! 
Your money will go directly towards supplies: $18 for a small tent, $150 for a big tent, $10 for solar lamps. Medical and food supplies are cheap but very large quantities are needed, and fuel is at a premium. Time is of the essence here. 
Join the $40k in 40hr challenge and donate at

Help the local Nepalese who have mobilized to support their own! 
Your money will go directly towards supplies: $18 for a small tent, $150 for a big tent, $10 for solar lamps. Medical and food supplies are cheap but very large quantities are needed, and fuel is at a premium. Time is of the essence here. 

These are our friends we've met personally during our recent trip to Nepal, amazing to say the least! We're trying to raise money that will go directly to purchasing food, temporary shelter & medical equipment. It will all be distributed within the week!

Here is what they are doing:
(1) Rallying local volunteers to distribute aid to remote areas
(2) Scanning social media to match cries for help with those offering aid
(3) Matching available resources with critical needs

YOU CAN HELP TOO! Donate any amount to and share this post. You can also follow the crew <@Nepal Rises on Facebook>. 
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And on my blog today, I wrote a post about it:

There's a bunch of images that I made with some of the textures from the store, as well as the story about how it all came to be. 

Plus... we're including a freebie sample over there to celebrate!
+Tanya Wallis (who created this image)  and I have teamed up on this fun little corner of the universe. Right now you can find some cool and and unique Colorized Textures, Moody Hues and Heavenly Clouds for your more creative photographic processing and digital art. 
Oh- and sign up for my newsletter and be the FIRST to know about new textures, specials and general awesomeness: AND get yet another freebie.

Hey, it's kinda like Freebie Wednesday!
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Please help us celebrate May with Tim Behrens in this special presentation.

We'll spend some time catching up with musical genius, +Tim Behrens  and learning about the new music he's working on, followed by an intimate performance beamed right to your television, computer or tablet.

Expect to here a few favorites like "Da Junk in Da Trunk" and "Fallen Heroes" and be surprised by the debut of some brand new tunes!

Come one, Come all, there's room for everyon, even the family dog ;)

Big thanks to Tim for the opportunity, and to +Hangout Records and +MMHRocks Live Music  for supporting this  once in a blue-moon event!
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 Virtual Photo Walks - Walk the Walk for Those who Can't.

+Virtual Photo Walks is a project to allow people using video conferencing tools to be interactive citizens again. Utilizing video conferencing tools and smart phones, people are able to visit and interact with smart phone enabled photographers to see places and people they use to, see things that they might not have had the chance to see. for info and twitter @thephotowalks. Virtual Photo Walks is a 501c3 Charity in the USA.

It is a not just a service for those who are hospitalized or cannot go out into the community, but also for the many who just need a break in their day. It is a way to lend a helping hand by providing a window to places and things most of us take for granted. A truly interactive experience. to see where we have been

John Butterill discovered a way to share his photo walks through video conferencing tools.

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For the first time, using video conferencing tools combined with the Android, iPhone or other wireless smarts devices enables “virtual” photo walks. Photographers along with a camera can take their circle of friends along on a photo walk and share the experience with people who can't be there.

How to Help Others: Do you know someone that would be helped by this experience have them follow +Virtual Photo Walks   or fill out the form at   or contact  +John Butterill  for more information

Photographers to sign up use the form in the link below. 

Please follow The Crohns Colitis Effect and Frank Garufi Jr.  one of the most inspiring men, and helped create the Virtual Photo Walks page. 

How it Works: John Butterill: I use the  +Gymbl  rig  it slides onto the camera connecting to what is called the hot shoe where you would mount a flash on a camera.  

This allows people using video conferencing tools to direct the photographer, and see the same view he does. It is not needed to do a tour but does increases the interactivity. More Equipment Solutions: What you need at the bottom of this page.


Get involved today - How can you help:


Tell us how you want to help. to sign up to be a VPW photographer.

You Tube Videos to see where we have been

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How Virtual Photo Walks came about

Virtual Photo Walks came into existence as a result of a series of random events. I was out for a walk and saw that +Don Noll had started I hangout on G+. As we chatted in the hangout I was also trying to manage my iPhone and the Nikon D7000 at the same time.

We talked about having an extension arm on the phone or something to make handling the phone easier to handle. After the hangout I was looking at my camera and the phone and suddenly realized that all that was needed was a hot shoe adapter for the Gymbl (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​gymbl-pro/  ) which I was using as a phone case.

The +Gymbl which by designed by +Gordon Fowler (youbiq) for doing virtual reality tours it comes with a tripod, IPhone case, and an adapter that allows it to sit on a tripod.

I called +Gordon Fowler and suggested putting an adapter on the bottom of the +Gymbl so that it could be mounted on the hot shoe of the DSLR.                                                      

With the iPhone mounted in this way I went for my next walk, I fortunately came upon a Barred owl and thought I would show it to my friends on Google+  I contacted them and they watch me photograph the owl, on google+ hangouts. +Andy Gray took some screenshots of that and posted them with his comments on his page.

+Andy Gray  -  Feb 6, 2012 (edited)  -  Public

We had an interesting Hangout earlier as we joined our friend +John Butterill on a walk through the Canadian countryside spotting wildlife to photograph. To broadcast these John uses an #iPhone mounted on a +Gymbl iPhone holder attached to the hotshoe on his +Nikon DSLR, which kinda makes the whole thing look like someone wielding a bazooka in a 1st person shooter to us!

At the point you see below he was photographing a Barred Owl (Not a Barn Owl as previously stated). He's since posted an excellent shot of the owl perched in a tree from later in his wildlife walk. We were all kind of excited because we realized this was a new way of going on photo shoot.​​​​​​​​​106837773805813749834/​​​​​​​​​111835024921462866899/​​​posts/​​​​​​2Jhc15digWM

The next evening I was in a hangout with a person with MS. She was bed ridden and was talking to about how the only thing she could photograph was what she could see out her window. I simply spoke up and said her I'll take you on a photo shoot, and you can tell me what you want to take pictures of because you will be seeing through the iPhone on Google+  what I can see through the viewfinder. 

The next day we did our first, now called a +Virtual Photo Walk  it was recorded for You Tube. You can watch on You Tube channel  on the + Virtual Photo Walks page. We all had a lot of fun and it went very well.

Please follow The Crohns Colitis Effect and Frank Garufi Jr.  one of the most inspiring men I have ever met and helped create the Virtual Photo Walks page.  

Following that I was in a hangout with +Frank Garufi Jr and he was telling me about his son going into the hospital for an infusion which is very uncomfortable and painful for an 8-year-old. Again I simply said I'll take him for a photo walk around my community and keep them distracted during the process, this was a great fun event and it was not recorded but Frank took a few pictures of his son during the photo walk watching me on the computer. +Frank Garufi Jr then posted them with a very emotional thank you for me doing it. 

This post was number 8 on what's hot on Google+ for about 8 hours on Friday the day of the photo walk.

+Frank Garufi Jr.

Crohns Colitis - My Son's Battle

Domenic's Infusion for February 2012

Some of you might remember the interview that +Shefali Burns did with me, back in the beginning of January, about Crohns Colitis disease and how my son has been battling it since he was born ( ). Its a constant struggle for him, and unfortunately, one that he'll have to struggle with for the rest of his life. 

One, of the many, things we have to do is a monthly infusion of a medication called Remicade. The entire process is roughly 6 hours long and requires it to be administered in the hospital ( Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ). 

Today was our scheduled appointment for the month of February and Domenic got a special surprise thanks to +John Butterill and the sheer power and greatness of +Google+ Hangouts.

Armed with his IPhone, Nikon camera, and probably 10 layers of clothing, +John Butterill took my son on a photo walk around Rosedale, Ontario, Canada while he was getting his infusion done. Domenic loved every minute of it! For the hour that John braved the harsh weather conditions to show my son around Rosedale, my son didn't have to worry about blood pressure cuff's squeezing his arm too tight, the uncomfortableness of having tubes stuck through his arm, the drip rate of the medicine "burning" him ( the meds must be administered at a specific rate per hour ), or having to be stuck in a hospital when he much rather be at school!!! 

+John Butterill is nothing less than a saint in my eyes! He brought a TON of joy to my son today, of what otherwise would have been, another excruciating day for him!

From the bottom of my heart... THANK YOU +John Butterill!!!

Dom - February 2012 Infusion with Photowalk (7 photos)

Frank and I along with  +Gordon Fowler  and others decided that there should be a page  on Google+ to spread the word about this exciting way to help people.

Now we have that page and photographers around the world are stepping up to help conduct photo walks around the world. Events  are scheduled in Amsterdam Rome Germany Canada Australia New Zealand.

Equipment Solutions: What you need.

- A smart phone with front & rear camera

a data plan and you can afford to burn 100 to 200 MB of it, doing about a 30 min stream to G+ hangout.

If you are coming up to your billing date for your data plan then use it up helping us.

I used an Iphone 4 and +Gymbl  because I shoot VR and had one. If you need other ways to mount a smart phone and don't need the VR option, here are a couple of solutions.

You will need an hot shoe adapter.

Smart Phone users here are some links to mount your Smart Phone​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​product/B005BON4K8/​​​ref=​​​as_​​​li_​​​​​​​ss_tl?​​​ie=​UTF8&​​tag=​​​​​​​​​​​​​​picsomewhrela-​​20&​​​​​​​linkCode=as2&​​​​​​​​​camp=​​​​1789&​​​creative=​​​​390957&​​​​​​​​​​​​creativeASIN=​​​​​​​​B005BON4K8​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​product/B0042J6VUS/​​​ref=​​​as_​​​li_​​​​​​​ss_tl?​​​ie=​UTF8&​​tag=​​​​​​​​​​​​​​picsomewhrela-​​20&​​​​​​​linkCode=as2&​​​​​​​​​camp=​​​​1789&​​​creative=​​​​390957&​​​​​​​​​​​​creativeASIN=​​​​​​​​B0042J6VUS

If you are really having a problem mounting you phone to your camera this link will take you to a proven solution that never fails. Duct Tape

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