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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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Thank you I will look up these links on FB. :)
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Bert Robben of the U.S. Air Force. Bert served from 1967-1972 with the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. He flew HH-3s, also known as Jolly Green Giants to rescue ground troops in Vietnam.

Bert was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and 3 Air Medals for Valor in combat.

Bert retired to Florida where he receives his care from the James A. Haley Hospital. Thank you for your service, Bert!
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This tells all about what it was like flying a chopper in Nam
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Hello, Sierra Nevada Mountains! So nice to be home. Much as I love the coastal zones, you make me feel like myself again. 

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A poignant / moving passage by Theodore Roosevelt - it is as timely today as when first prepared. ..

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
I have incredible disdain for the vitriolic courage of anonymous posts - and those of people whose sole task in life appears to be rude commentary and criticism.
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Teddy R. - friend of war.
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David Finn, Ramsey, NJ. David has a physical disability and communication impairment, and uses AT to communicate with others, and be an active participant in life.

Advancing Opportunities has created this video as part of our series, AT Stories. AT Stories is a video series of people with disabilities living better lives with a little help from assistive technology. It was made possible by a grant from the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey. Please share this video with family, friends and colleagues.

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Dying is inevitable and it's a topic that's attracting lots of interest in healthcare circles, particularly palliative care.
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Follow at  Business as usual. 
G+ I guess is G- everything that made it great.

I guess Google gave us all enough time to be less reliant on G+
Everyone I have talked to has moved to Facebook months ago.
Google has the money to stick with ideas like G+ for 5 yr and let it find it's place, but everything the big G does seems to have an 18 month time line.
It take courage to do good, G you failed and betrayed the trust of your audience. 
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Researchers in the US have developed a new drug that can be delivered directly into the eye via an eye dropper to shrink down and dissolve cataracts - the leading cause of blindness in humans. While the effects have yet to be tested on humans, the...
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Dream It - Then Get Off Your Ass!
That's my feisty blog post today, right'cheer;…/…/dream-it-then-get-off-your-ass/

That's also my own kick in the fancypants! Is it yours? I'll tell ya, when I followed my own advice recently... dayum, awesome and unexpected things happened!! Yep, storytellin' at the old hitchin-blog post today... :D

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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 a 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 phone case which by designed for doing virtual reality tours it comes with a tripod, IPhone case, and an adapter that allows it to sit on a tripod I used it to do our walks.

I called the company 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 an 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 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.

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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