Can I pinpoint the EXACT location of my fans using a single image?

19. 03. 2021
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A few weeks ago I successfully and swiftly identified the exact Bali swimming pool that a random Instagram model was snapped, following a request from an alleged victim of a catfish. I did this using a mixture of Geoguessr knowledge, Google Earth and Google's search engine. Following some dialogue with my impressed patreons, an idea was spawned. Why don't I make a series out of it where I try to successfully identify where my patreons/fans are using the small amounts of information that can be seen in the background? Here's the result.

  • You should be hired by some spy agency.

    pafnutiytheartistpafnutiytheartistPřed 49 minutami
  • First thought was he’s gonna be English based on his name, but England doesn’t have river valleys quite like this. When you said Canada my geology chops kicked in and I knew you were looking at the Laurentian Mountains and a major post glacial landscape. And the buildings and urban plan are also distinctly North American.

    Avana VanaAvana VanaPřed 3 hodinami
  • Just a Pro Tip you can check the Area where the photo was taken by opening the photo informations where you find om which phone it was taken etc. So you can lift the whole thing at the end if you have an Idea where it might be

    Fabian Simon GrossFabian Simon GrossPřed 10 hodinami
  • Google is just an insane tool, when you think about it. Imagine how this has changed espionage and intelligence - that you can just type things in and find all examples of just about every feature on Earth...

    eggypickleeggypicklePřed 13 hodinami
  • people are going to send in photos of their ex-partner or their missing dad in order to figure out their current location xD

    ChandirChandirPřed 14 hodinami
  • 2nd one was easy... Google lens´ed the police sign and found the Popo Station on maps. After that, regarding the slope.. easy target. The pathway going up has a distinkt corner and couldn´t have been far from the station on this small island. w w,114.0301372,3a,75y,127.74h,95.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBSBPJtZ5W5HqMRvwkxuVMg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 There ya go :D

    Patrick StaudtPatrick StaudtPřed 15 hodinami
  • How much you wanna bet US 3 letter agencies have software that will reconstruct a map of any roads in an image and automatically match it against a map database. The road layout in that neighborhood would be enough to get it.

    Resplendent MoronResplendent MoronPřed dnem
  • You start talking Alaska and I'm like LOLno.

    Resplendent MoronResplendent MoronPřed dnem
  • oof this is a questionable one, I'd think don't make this a series. You really don't wanna tell certain people how to go about this sort of thing.

    PaxwortPaxwortPřed dnem
  • It's probably already been said or discovered, but you have to draw the line so that it would continue past the dimensions of the photo through the center of the footprint of a theoretical tripod that the camera would be mounted on. There may be a more mathematical or geometric way to do it, but eyeballing it should get you within a meter or so.

    David HoodDavid HoodPřed dnem
  • Surely you take the piss a bit to extend the length your videos....

    Nick MorganNick MorganPřed dnem
  • Hey, I think I know the best technique for drawing that line. First and foremost, drawing a line to the center of the photo doesn’t work. What you need to do is locate two landmarks in the photo that overlap each other (for example, the tip of a nearby steeple with a distant mountain peak right behind it). Next, go to the map and find those two landmarks, then draw a line between them. This is the axis that the camera POV will be on. Keep extending the line until you find the vantage point of the camera. Voila! If you can’t find any notable landmarks that perfectly overlap, no problem; you just need to find two landmarks that are aligned vertically. Let me explain: First, since the photo may not be level, start out by drawing a line along where the horizon is supposed to be (or just use an editing program to straighten the photo). Then find two landmarks in the photo and draw a line between them. If that second line you drew is perpendicular to the horizon line, then that means those two landmarks WILL line up with your vantage point on a map. (It’s basically the same as the first example, except we raised our altitude, causing the far landmark to appear right above the nearer landmark in the photo).

    Jonathan MillerJonathan MillerPřed 2 dny
  • You can exclude words from a google search with the "-" operator. For example google "steel truss cantilever bridge green -Jacques -Cartier". But that's gonna be a problem if the bridge you're searching for was named after another person called Jacques or Cartier. But that's unlikely lol

    Gordon BeckGordon BeckPřed 2 dny
  • When they submit the photos, have them submit a what 3 words address of the location, you’ll be able to guess within 3 meters...

    Jack JonesJack JonesPřed 2 dny
  • what a fantastic idea! please upload more!

    Qwertzuiop QwertzuiopQwertzuiop QwertzuiopPřed 2 dny
  • never make this man angry if you send him a selfie, he'll find your room on google maps

    Cody CosgroveCody CosgrovePřed 2 dny
  • your method should work if you do a perpendicular line to the horizon from the bridge, and then open the map and get the bridge to angle the same

    hmmmhmmmPřed 3 dny
  • Put the man down!

    luwn00bzluwn00bzPřed 3 dny
  • Nós brasileiros estamos em todo lugar

    FireGodFireGodPřed 3 dny
  • you need to draw your lines in 3d space because the angle that will line up with the first bend in the apartment building from the pov of the photo needs to be in the air and not on the ground

    Schutzstaffel_Officer_3Schutzstaffel_Officer_3Před 3 dny
  • "Oh my god I'm in Brazil" that sure is scary, hope you still have all you organs man

    Tryphon, un ZOUAVE ??!Tryphon, un ZOUAVE ??!Před 3 dny
  • hey buddy did you know you can use - on google to remove results, you said the bridge kept dominating the search, I think you can use "" to remove a phrase

    Ryloh CalzoneRyloh CalzonePřed 4 dny
  • Use -keyword to remove it from Google searches!

    GeirasGeirasPřed 4 dny
  • I gasped when he put the man down on the police path... unreal

    Christina FerraroChristina FerraroPřed 4 dny
  • 1:45 that's nice of you to find someone's pet

    kapil busawahkapil busawahPřed 4 dny
  • Soo what is your name on OSRS... maybe a good video to find location’s within osrs

    Wouter639Wouter639Před 4 dny
  • 29:58 it might unsettle your girlfriend if you say "very beautiful, i've seen the unblurred version"

    RyzRyzPřed 4 dny
  • va dorim drum bun is in romania and it means we wish you good trip or something like that, it is not a name of a location

    andrei dumitracheandrei dumitrachePřed 5 dny
  • @23:00 I think the issue is the google earth lines are topographical whereas the line you drew on the photo are essentially a view vector. You could try to take a screenshot in the google earth view at a similar angle (without clipping back to brasil) and drawing a similar view line on top of the screenshot to compare...

    spiffy926spiffy926Před 5 dny
  • I love to see Age of Empires and Roller coaster tycoon2 on your desktop. Those are 2 games from my childhood that I will never stop playing

    LukeyTim0LukeyTim0Před 5 dny
  • You should ask the people for the original photo through email where the metadata isn't stripped. It contains the lat/long of the location the photo was taken.

    Bless Your HeartBless Your HeartPřed 5 dny
  • 18:18 That's the same thing I think when I wake up

    Elder MartinsElder MartinsPřed 5 dny
  • Bruh one of the photos was my Spanish teacher

    DekelsbDekelsbPřed 5 dny
  • Anyone else down here looking for Rick Savage? Lol

    King SquirrelKing SquirrelPřed 5 dny
  • I think your technique with the lines is kinda right, but it doesn't work out because of elevation. On the photo's the lines are straight, while with different elevations that line would be "crooked" so to say.

    Mad MikeMad MikePřed 5 dny
  • your line drawing technique is actually not the correct way to do it. you need to make a vertical line in the middle because when you make a slanted one, the change of levels messes it up.

    Jeff KaplanJeff KaplanPřed 5 dny
  • Imagine if your scroll wheel could talk

    NamiizanNamiizanPřed 5 dny
  • he must be bored af

    Rons DonRons DonPřed 6 dny
  • bruh, i luv ur work, but trigonometry doesn't work like that...

    Leon ZlasuLeon ZlasuPřed 6 dny
  • I do believe that drawing the line from a target point on the photo to the bottom center of the picture could be a viable strategy for determining the location/alignment of the location *BUT ONLY IF* the picture is NOT zoomed in. That picture being looked at and compared to @22:32 is clearly zoomed in, meaning the bottom of the photo is going to be artificially shifted to the side away from the initial focal point.

    Beefy_GBeefy_GPřed 6 dny
  • the trick for the lines is draw a line from the center of the picture to bottom center and copy that to google earth

    Darien MDarien MPřed 6 dny
  • You have absolutely incredible patience

    BossyMeatCreatureBossyMeatCreaturePřed 6 dny
  • I saw my home in the background of the one bridge

    Marten KerkhoffMarten KerkhoffPřed 6 dny
  • Trust your brain's ability to interpret perspective in photos. Imagine like you're the guy, walking around left and right a bit and let your brain take care of the parallax and foreshortening.

    Allan SongAllan SongPřed 6 dny
  • 18:20 I almost pissed myself from that

    Inferno !Inferno !Před 6 dny
  • Le pont Jaque cartier XD

    Vincent G. PlanteVincent G. PlantePřed 7 dny
  • If you stand on the road in the bottom right of Anna's photo you can turn around and see the balcony.

    tsgsjeremytsgsjeremyPřed 7 dny
  • What an idiot doesnt know where to draw the line /s

    Karl SarapKarl SarapPřed 7 dny
  • Local Fairbanksan here, honored to be even considered as a location by the man himself GeoWizard

    John MinderJohn MinderPřed 7 dny

    Dark SoulDark SoulPřed 7 dny
  • este men esta enfermo

    Aimar PardoAimar PardoPřed 7 dny
  • Forget the center of the photo. Find two landmarks that are vertically aligned, preferably to one side of the image, and draw a straight line through them on the map. Then find two more from the other side of the image and do the same. They should cross at the location of the camera on the map.

    phunkydroidphunkydroidPřed 7 dny
  • maybe lens distortion

    jasper verkerkjasper verkerkPřed 7 dny
  • 18:18 "oh jesus I'm in Brazil" Me too, man... me too

    GabriellaGabriellaPřed 7 dny
  • I love the fact that the picture from the girl in the italian lake(city of stresa, lago maggiore) is where I spent all my childhood summers, the swimming pool he sees is the one I used to swim in, and the big grey boat is the one I used to jump off to get into the lake. Quite emotional, thank you for the video!

    francesco p. calligarichfrancesco p. calligarichPřed 7 dny
  • Do these photos have geotags? The geotag has GPS coordinates that you could reference to verify your guess. You can see the geotag in Windows by right clicking the image, selecting properties, then it should be under the details tab.

    Something0Something0Před 7 dny
  • TFW the thumbnail to a british youtuber's channel is your canadian 7k pop. hometown

    Ian RoyIan RoyPřed 7 dny
  • You want projective geometry.

    Shanmukha GShanmukha GPřed 7 dny
  • Team up with Lockpicking lawyer?

    Wyatt WaidWyatt WaidPřed 8 dny
  • Oh Jesus I'm in Brazil

    pistol2pistol2Před 8 dny
  • The line you draw should be from that farther point to the center of the photo since it is the center of the lens (you have to keep in mind this line is at an angle so idk if this will work)

    AaronRCAaronRCPřed 8 dny
  • I do this to find filming locations.

    Deborah DownsDeborah DownsPřed 8 dny
  • when you're born in brazil 18:18

    la ranla ranPřed 8 dny
  • Why do I feel like this is what my girl is doing whenever I post a picture of me w/ the boys somewhere 🤔

    Jacob AJacob APřed 8 dny
  • 4 chan users be like

    El perro de nanatsuEl perro de nanatsuPřed 8 dny
  • 1:40 right up your street eh?

    Ethan LaneEthan LanePřed 8 dny
  • 4:17 Eyyyyy my homwtown

    Luke SheppardLuke SheppardPřed 8 dny
  • Hey :) awesome video! You have to keep in mind that different lenses on different cameras with different focal lengths, produce different compression in the image... so at 22:40, ur not triangulating the point the picture was taken from because it looks like a 50mm lens and not a wide

    Till FischerTill FischerPřed 8 dny
    • so to answer ur question at 22:50, its a good idea, you need a photographer ;)

      Till FischerTill FischerPřed 8 dny
  • The photo line method's gotta be a straight line down the center of the photo, if you start offcenter somewhere then the terrain height has parallax that deviates from the line you're drawing.

    wareyawareyaPřed 8 dny
  • See the thumbnail and im like..thats where i live haha

    Sebastien MalletSebastien MalletPřed 8 dny
  • Can you find Atillah Hildmann? The German police would be happy about that ^^

    Jam O'DonnahanJam O'DonnahanPřed 8 dny
  • Bro your gonna get hired by some sort of secret government organization who search for people.

    ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜPřed 8 dny
  • my guess is figuring out the horizon line and drawing an angle from there on. It's what you do in drawing to copy 3D to 2D and should work the other way around as well

    waterraqunwaterraqunPřed 8 dny
  • Somebody remind me not to get on this guys bad side 😂🤣

    mc mcmc mcPřed 8 dny
  • Him scrolling on my town is so spooky LMAO

    Jesus ChristJesus ChristPřed 8 dny
  • Hallo, I lost my phone, interested in a challenge?

    Munich FXMunich FXPřed 9 dny
  • For your Ms paint line method wouldn't the optics make the line in paint need to be curved or something? I have no reason for this but with my very limited knowledge of lenses it sounds like it might be right lmao

    HowlHowlPřed 9 dny
  • Should put these skills to good use and work for Bellingcat open source data investigation

    Thomas PesnelThomas PesnelPřed 9 dny
  • old school runescape ftw on your desktop

    theallmightyytheallmightyyPřed 9 dny
  • Lens distortion could require you to draw your references down the center of the photo?

    ChrisChrisPřed 9 dny
  • the technique may not be accurate since google earth takes into account the curvature of geography, instead of a naive euclidean straight line is a 3d space

    Stephen PhelpsStephen PhelpsPřed 9 dny
  • 18:18 when you get sent to brazil

    Keegan SmithKeegan SmithPřed 9 dny
  • I live in an area where I could take a picture in one direction and itd be obvious but the other way would make it very hard. I'd happily send in a pic for this if he's up for the challenge...

    Theone_Fun YTTheone_Fun YTPřed 9 dny
  • this seems like a potentially dangerous idea. people on the internet can be scary and dangerous. If you successfully guess someone's house on video, some creep out there might find the video and stalk them or worse.

    mtndew314mtndew314Před 9 dny
  • The next time you have a bridge as a clue, check out bridgehunter. It's basically a wiki for bridges by location, type, etc

    formu1fanformu1fanPřed 9 dny
  • Aren't zippers on a different side in Europe?

    Jerry WhidbyJerry WhidbyPřed 9 dny
  • 4chan member found.

    Jerry WhidbyJerry WhidbyPřed 9 dny
  • Someone: "There's no name more British sounding than Benedict Cumberbatch" Fan #1: "Right then mate, be a good lad an' hold me pint, yeah?"

    Pruitt The WitchPruitt The WitchPřed 9 dny
  • just tried to find the guy's location without watching your video first (of course) and I managed within 2 minutes buy feeding the picture (cropped screenshot of your video) to google lens in my phone and I got to New Brunswick instantly and the rest was easy then.

    1nZaneR1nZaneRPřed 9 dny
  • Your calculations are wrong because the earth is flat

    K9 sidratK9 sidratPřed 9 dny
  • The location system should work if you were able to figure out angles from you to two different points and a 0-degree angle point established to serve as an orientation point. the lines would be pointed in straight lines from you to those points. With this method, you should be able to figure out where they connect at the end, you would have to guess the length of those lines and you are there. I hope you'll understand this description in my words, cause I¨m not English and hopefully, it helps.

    Fíla AurellFíla AurellPřed 9 dny
  • You have to draw the line straight down the middle to find the location :)

    HeroinspritzerHeroinspritzerPřed 9 dny
  • FBI wants to talk to you

    Max MustermannMax MustermannPřed 9 dny
  • I think he would benefit from reverse image search. I've found so many things using that method alone. This is fun though.

    Jake BiddlecomeJake BiddlecomePřed 9 dny

    The MThe MPřed 9 dny
  • i wish you wouldnt stop the music

    tom frankfootertom frankfooterPřed 9 dny
  • Maybe the line has to go from the center of the picture to the center of the bottom of the picture.

    jackdonkey22jackdonkey22Před 9 dny
  • 18:11 You can not escape, you are always going to Brazil

    EndermitEndermitPřed 9 dny
  • 22:48 You need a topologist.

    Michael AntonioMichael AntonioPřed 9 dny