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

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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.

  • 2b2t players:

    Meox_Meox_2 tuntia sitten
  • "Is it New Zealand?" He's wearing a mask, there's your answer to that question 😂

    Adele DazeemAdele Dazeem16 tuntia sitten
  • Yo do you stream these

    Aaron MoserAaron Moser23 tuntia sitten
  • Did he just shoot his shot with Anna

    Lizzie JossieLizzie JossiePäivä sitten
  • Maybe search for image in google or watching a photo geotag ? It’s easier than spend hours looking on g earth...

    riccardo pretatoriccardo pretatoPäivä sitten
  • “Oh Jesus, I’m in Brazil...” Hell of a place to be 😂

    Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonPäivä sitten
  • “They could be in their hometown of I don't know” I often visit that town, it makes my brain not know things.

    Cookies DCCookies DCPäivä sitten
  • Your method of drawing the line does not work because when you draw the line on google maps, this is a line which exists on the 2d plane in which lays the bridge (and the small town). When instead you draw the line on the picture, such line links basically the feet of your fan (which are indeed not at height 0) with the bridge (height 0). Therefore the projection of this line in google maps does not correspond with what you wanted

    Marco TronuMarco TronuPäivä sitten
  • You said you'd combine 3 skills. You said nothing about singing!

    MC_Mac_MCMC_Mac_MCPäivä sitten
  • This is really impressive. Wow dude.

    garoprgaroprPäivä sitten
  • 10:12 "jobs near me" I thought he was doing this for a living

    kookkookPäivä sitten
  • 19:53 you draw the line in the right angle to the horizon (almost directly down) because it is the shortest path from photographers feet position to the target. Any other line is tangential. This is also true if the target is actually not directly in the middle of the picture because of the lens barrel distortion correction. (Look for architecture photography, tilt and shift techniques)

    Petr VejchodaPetr VejchodaPäivä sitten
  • You should be hired by some spy agency.

    pafnutiytheartistpafnutiytheartist2 päivää sitten
  • 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 Vana2 päivää sitten
  • 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 Gross3 päivää sitten
  • 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...

    eggypickleeggypickle3 päivää sitten
  • people are going to send in photos of their ex-partner or their missing dad in order to figure out their current location xD

    ChandirChandir3 päivää sitten
  • 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 Staudt3 päivää sitten
  • 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 Moron3 päivää sitten
  • You start talking Alaska and I'm like LOLno.

    Resplendent MoronResplendent Moron3 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    PaxwortPaxwort4 päivää sitten
  • 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 Hood4 päivää sitten
  • Surely you take the piss a bit to extend the length your videos....

    Nick MorganNick Morgan4 päivää sitten
  • 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 Miller4 päivää sitten
  • 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 Beck5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Jones5 päivää sitten
  • what a fantastic idea! please upload more!

    Qwertzuiop QwertzuiopQwertzuiop Qwertzuiop5 päivää sitten
  • never make this man angry if you send him a selfie, he'll find your room on google maps

    Cody CosgroveCody Cosgrove5 päivää sitten
  • 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

    hmmmhmmm5 päivää sitten
  • Put the man down!

    luwn00bzluwn00bz5 päivää sitten
  • Nós brasileiros estamos em todo lugar

    FireGodFireGod6 päivää sitten
  • 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_36 päivää sitten
  • "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 ??!6 päivää sitten
  • 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 Calzone6 päivää sitten
  • Use -keyword to remove it from Google searches!

    GeirasGeiras7 päivää sitten
  • I gasped when he put the man down on the police path... unreal

    Christina FerraroChristina Ferraro7 päivää sitten
  • 1:45 that's nice of you to find someone's pet

    kapil busawahkapil busawah7 päivää sitten
  • Soo what is your name on OSRS... maybe a good video to find location’s within osrs

    Wouter639Wouter6397 päivää sitten
  • 29:58 it might unsettle your girlfriend if you say "very beautiful, i've seen the unblurred version"

    RyzRyz7 päivää sitten
  • 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 dumitrache7 päivää sitten
  • @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...

    spiffy926spiffy9267 päivää sitten
  • 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

    LukeyTim0LukeyTim07 päivää sitten
  • 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 Heart7 päivää sitten
  • 18:18 That's the same thing I think when I wake up

    Elder MartinsElder Martins8 päivää sitten
  • Bruh one of the photos was my Spanish teacher

    DekelsbDekelsb8 päivää sitten
  • Anyone else down here looking for Rick Savage? Lol

    King SquirrelKing Squirrel8 päivää sitten
  • 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 Mike8 päivää sitten
  • 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 Kaplan8 päivää sitten
  • Imagine if your scroll wheel could talk

    NamiizanNamiizan8 päivää sitten
  • he must be bored af

    Rons DonRons Don8 päivää sitten
  • bruh, i luv ur work, but trigonometry doesn't work like that...

    Leon ZlasuLeon Zlasu8 päivää sitten
  • 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_G8 päivää sitten
  • 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 M8 päivää sitten
  • You have absolutely incredible patience

    BossyMeatCreatureBossyMeatCreature8 päivää sitten
  • I saw my home in the background of the one bridge

    Marten KerkhoffMarten Kerkhoff8 päivää sitten
  • 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 Song9 päivää sitten
  • 18:20 I almost pissed myself from that

    Inferno !Inferno !9 päivää sitten
  • Le pont Jaque cartier XD

    Vincent G. PlanteVincent G. Plante9 päivää sitten
  • If you stand on the road in the bottom right of Anna's photo you can turn around and see the balcony.

    tsgsjeremytsgsjeremy9 päivää sitten
  • What an idiot doesnt know where to draw the line /s

    Karl SarapKarl Sarap10 päivää sitten
  • Local Fairbanksan here, honored to be even considered as a location by the man himself GeoWizard

    John MinderJohn Minder10 päivää sitten

    Dark SoulDark Soul10 päivää sitten
  • este men esta enfermo

    Aimar PardoAimar Pardo10 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    phunkydroidphunkydroid10 päivää sitten
  • maybe lens distortion

    jasper verkerkjasper verkerk10 päivää sitten
  • 18:18 "oh jesus I'm in Brazil" Me too, man... me too

    GabriellaGabriella10 päivää sitten
  • 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. calligarich10 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    Something0Something010 päivää sitten
  • TFW the thumbnail to a british youtuber's channel is your canadian 7k pop. hometown

    Ian RoyIan Roy10 päivää sitten
  • You want projective geometry.

    Shanmukha GShanmukha G10 päivää sitten
  • Team up with Lockpicking lawyer?

    Wyatt WaidWyatt Waid10 päivää sitten
  • Oh Jesus I'm in Brazil

    pistol2pistol210 päivää sitten
  • 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)

    AaronRCAaronRC10 päivää sitten
  • I do this to find filming locations.

    Deborah DownsDeborah Downs10 päivää sitten
  • when you're born in brazil 18:18

    la ranla ran11 päivää sitten
  • 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 A11 päivää sitten
  • 4 chan users be like

    El perro de nanatsuEl perro de nanatsu11 päivää sitten
  • 1:40 right up your street eh?

    Ethan LaneEthan Lane11 päivää sitten
  • 4:17 Eyyyyy my homwtown

    Luke SheppardLuke Sheppard11 päivää sitten
  • 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 Fischer11 päivää sitten
    • so to answer ur question at 22:50, its a good idea, you need a photographer ;)

      Till FischerTill Fischer11 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    wareyawareya11 päivää sitten
  • See the thumbnail and im like..thats where i live haha

    Sebastien MalletSebastien Mallet11 päivää sitten
  • Can you find Atillah Hildmann? The German police would be happy about that ^^

    Jam O'DonnahanJam O'Donnahan11 päivää sitten
  • Bro your gonna get hired by some sort of secret government organization who search for people.

    ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜ11 päivää sitten
  • 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

    waterraqunwaterraqun11 päivää sitten
  • Somebody remind me not to get on this guys bad side 😂🤣

    mc mcmc mc11 päivää sitten
  • Him scrolling on my town is so spooky LMAO

    Jesus ChristJesus Christ11 päivää sitten
  • Hallo, I lost my phone, interested in a challenge?

    Munich FXMunich FX11 päivää sitten
  • 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

    HowlHowl11 päivää sitten
  • Should put these skills to good use and work for Bellingcat open source data investigation

    Thomas PesnelThomas Pesnel11 päivää sitten
  • old school runescape ftw on your desktop

    theallmightyytheallmightyy11 päivää sitten
  • Lens distortion could require you to draw your references down the center of the photo?

    ChrisChris11 päivää sitten
  • 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 Phelps11 päivää sitten
  • 18:18 when you get sent to brazil

    Keegan SmithKeegan Smith11 päivää sitten
  • 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 YT11 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    mtndew314mtndew31412 päivää sitten
  • The next time you have a bridge as a clue, check out bridgehunter. It's basically a wiki for bridges by location, type, etc

    formu1fanformu1fan12 päivää sitten
  • Aren't zippers on a different side in Europe?

    Jerry WhidbyJerry Whidby12 päivää sitten
  • 4chan member found.

    Jerry WhidbyJerry Whidby12 päivää sitten