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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  http://youtu.be/y1Uv7as5ZmI
Visit http://www.virtualphotowalks.org FOR MORE INFO
https://www.facebook.com/VirtualPhotoWalks
@thephotowalks on twitter
Thank you to the hundreds of people who have given their time to help people less fortunate.
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Ever wish your child with cerebral palsy could play video games (X-Box, Playstation) like his/her friends - but using gestures designed for his/her particular movements? We want to let others know what that kind of breakthrough could mean to our kids. COMMENT to share your thoughts….and please feel free to post a photo of your child! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHn4kqGlsd4
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Esna iLink for Cisco Jabber is a Chrome extension/Internet Explorer add-on that extends Cisco collaboration tools, even Google Hangouts, across your browser and is embedded in apps like Salesforce.
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Check out an intro on our newly launched UI for Esna's iLink for Cisco Jabber by the awesome +Pedram Mohammadi !
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With +Sarah Hill  and +Michele Spry  with the veterans helping them connect and volunteer guide +Christina Arenas  in DC a few Veterans visited the WW11 Memorial in DC virtually April 7th.
From a walking around a pond bird watching,  or spotting whales in Hawaii with +Dominic Phillips  to a fashion shoot with +Karen Hutton   its all fun.
Virtual Photo Walks does regular weekly events contact us for an invite.
We are at https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualphotowalks/  a private group for the disabled, to participate in VPW events or visit www.virtualphotowalks.org
Virtual Photo Walks visited Hawaii, Ottawa, San Francisco, Colorado, Washington DC, and Italy plus a few more we take requests.
Virtual Photo Walks our latest events, with song by +Tim Behrens 
Thanks to #verizonwireless   #Zoomus   #virtualphotowalks  
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The Canadian victory at Vimy a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. But it was a victory at a terrible cost, with more than 10,000 killed and wounded.
The Canadian Corps was ordered to seize Vimy Ridge in April 1917. [Map] Situated in northern France, the heavily-fortified seven-kilometre ridge held a commanding view over the Allied lines. The Canadians would be assaulting over an open graveyard since previous French attacks had failed with over 100,000 casualties.

First World War - Vimy Ridge - CWM19930065-522 naval 12 inch howitzer in actionTo capture this difficult position, the Canadians would carefully plan and rehearse their attack. To provide greater flexibility and firepower in battle, the infantry were given specialist roles as machine-gunners, rifle-men and grenade-throwers. These same soldiers underwent weeks of training behind the lines using models to represent the battlefield, and new maps crafted from aerial photographs to guide their way. To bring men forward safely for the assault, engineers dug deep tunnels from the rear to the front. Despite this training and preparation, the key to victory would be a devastating artillery barrage that would not only isolate enemy trenches, but provide a moving wall of high explosives and shrapnel to force the Germans to stay in their deep dugouts and away from their machine-guns. "Chaps, you shall go over exactly like a railroad train, on time, or you shall be annihilated," warned Canadian Corps commander Sir Julian Byng.

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The Canadian victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917, is considered by many as a defining moment for Canada. Situated in northern France, the heavily-fortified 7km ridge held a commanding view over the Allied lines.
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To day April 8, Wednesday, 2pm Est
This is a private event. If your part of the enabled disabled and want to be invited fill out the form. 
on www.virtualphotowalks.org  To be included in future events.
To days event has been requested by a few of our community and we are so happy VPW was able to do this for them.
Last week we were up close with Pandas, today will be another surprise.
Today we are in Colorado see you soon.
#virtualphotowalks     #verizonwireless     #zoomus  
You can also ask to join this closed group for the disabled community to be invited and keep up to date with VPW events  https://www.facebook.com/groups/virtualphotowalks/
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I'm excited to announce that a portion of each sale of "The Balladeer" digital album will benefit +Virtual Photo Walks™ !
If you are not familiar with there incredible work, they are 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.
You may purchase the digital album on GooglePlay, iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, or at http://BalladeerMusic.com 
I'm very honored with this association.  Happy listening!
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Help Betsy out and buy a scarf today. She was selected to be a part of the VIDA Voices showcase, which is being released to the public today. I am part of a very select group group of artists whose VIDA products can now be seen by everyone here:
Hi, my name Is +Betsy Wager   I am 26 years old and I have always loved dance. At birth I was diagnosed as having Arthogryposis. For me, that meant that the tendons in my wrists and ankles were permanently contracted. The ball and socket joints in my hips never formed. I am no longer able to dance, but I will always love it.

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I have always loved to dance. But my dancing has always been limited because I am handicapped. This scarf is made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.
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Kime's journey began on March 10, 2015 when Kime went to her Primary Care Physician questioning a spot on her leg. On March 12, 2015 she saw the Dermatologist and had the area removed for biopsy on her lower left leg. When the results came back positive for Melanoma it was life changing. At this...
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It’s finally here. The Balladeer CD will be released in May. It’s a collection of 14 original songs with lyrics about lost love, drinking, and more! If you pre-order, by purchasing the digital download of the album, you will also receive the CD when it’s released! You will also save by purchasing here. On Google Play it is slightly more.
 
#country   #countrymusic   #balladeermusic   #originalmusic  
It's AVAILABLE NOW
My new CD "The Balladeer" is available now for digital download. This is a collection of 14 original songs, produced by Billy Lawson, and recorded at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  Glenn Sweitzer, of Fresh Designs, is doing the CD artwork.  If you purchase the download you will also get the CD when it's released next month!  This project has taken 3 years to accomplish and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I had enjoyed making it.
http://BalladeerMusic.com 
Conception. From the influences of Haggard and Jones, self taught, and original. I started playing at the age of 14, and toured a few states back in the late 60's with my own band. Since then I've spent most of the time pursuing a career in television, but not too long ago returned to my love of ...
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Algal blooms are a worldwide environmental issue that cause fish kills, human and animal health risks, and can foul drinking water. In the United States, the cost of freshwater degraded by harmful algal blooms is estimated at $64 million annually.

We have joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data into information that will help protect the American public from harmful freshwater algal blooms. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1y5LNFN

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thanks, keep spraying and polluting our oceans dumping your pharmaceuticals and whatever else the "government" needs to get rid of.  Nasa lies do your research
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This was fun, and for once good luck with the weather, rain had been forecast.  
Thanks to everyone, watch for a more detailed post about this event.
 
A Veteran's View of the World War II Memorial
These WWII veterans in Missouri and Minnesota weren't able to physically travel so today we gave them a live Hero tour. Thanks for traveling all the way to Minnesota +Michele Spry . Thanks for the videography +John Butterill +Christina Arenas  +Virtual Photo Walks™ 
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Introduction

 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. virtualphotowalks.org 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.

http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks to see where we have been

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

Google Stories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Uv7as5ZmI&feature=player_embedded

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 http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/be-invited-to-virtual-photo-wa/   or contact  +John Butterill  

www.virtualphotowalks.org  for more information

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

http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/sign-up-to-be-a-vpw-photograph/ 

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.

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Get involved today - How can you help:

Visit www.virtualphotowalks.org

Tell us how you want to help. 

www.virtualphotowalks.org to sign up to be a VPW photographer.

You Tube Videos

http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks to see where we have been

Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/VirtualPhotoWalks as well

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 (http://www.youbiq.com/site/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/​​​​​​​​​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 ( http://youtu.be/wP7cNbsbJHk ). 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

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/SlingShot/#

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056C4VRK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00&tag=859351160-20

http://www.amazon.com/gp/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​product/B005BON4K8/​​​ref=​​​as_​​​li_​​​​​​​ss_tl?​​​ie=​UTF8&​​tag=​​​​​​​​​​​​​​picsomewhrela-​​20&​​​​​​​linkCode=as2&​​​​​​​​​camp=​​​​1789&​​​creative=​​​​390957&​​​​​​​​​​​​creativeASIN=​​​​​​​​B005BON4K8

http://www.amazon.com/gp/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks

www.virtualphotowalks.org

http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/equipment/


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