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Google+ Virtual Photo Walks let the homebound explore the world

April 10, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
photowalk_feeding_birds.jpgVirtual Photo Walks Make Photography Accessible to People with Disabilities

March 5, 2012 by Jessica Lum via ISPR
-- The last time C. Corey Fisk walked was in 1992. She has multiple sclerosis, an incurable disease that affects the central nervous system and gradually took her ability to walk and leave her bed.

But early February, she went on a photo walk with photographer John Butterill in the woods behind his house in Ontario, Canada -- all from her own home in northern California.

The two met only virtually through Google+ when they happened to connect in a Hangout. Butterill said he was impressed by her energy and he invited her on a photo walk.

Butterill used a simple combination of tools: his iPhone, Google+ Hangouts and a modified hotshoe mount for a Gymbl iPhone case to sit atop his D7000 and stream the virtual photo walk to Fisk.

Thousands of miles away, Fisk guided Butterill through snow, trees and by a frozen lake.

"Here's a rope hanging down the kids swing on in the summer. That's kind of a cool shot," Butterill said at one point during the walk, of which Butterill uploaded portions to YouTube.

"Go get it," Fisk said as Butterill flipped the camera for a vertical shot. "Right about now."

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