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

19 mar 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.

  • a little late but you need to look at what angle the photo is taken

    Pål EriksenPål EriksenTimme sedan
  • 30:00 smooth, gg wp

    DromeddaDromeddaTimme sedan
  • Fans? God grief.

    Annoying B'stardAnnoying B'stard11 timmar sedan
  • You need to draw multiple lines, where they cross will be your position.

    Emile CantinEmile Cantin16 timmar sedan
  • Bro I am from New Brunswick and I legit thought the first one was in Alberta somewhere 😂

    EvanEvan17 timmar sedan
  • 18:18 when you wake up in Brazil

    AngeloAngeloDag sedan
  • 23:00 naw your method is kinda ok, but you need to compensate for the fact that the line in google earth follows the ground while the paint line is straight.

    joshmdmdjoshmdmdDag sedan
  • I got that first one in 5 minutes :) But only because you already said you thought it was Canada, otherwise I might have gone to Scandinavia

    Arie BenschopArie Benschop2 dagar sedan
  • Yessss AMAZING greetings from Santiago, Chile

    Andrés HAndrés H2 dagar sedan
  • Can't believe u search the bridge in my city Montreal!

    Gonzalo LecarosGonzalo Lecaros2 dagar sedan
  • Imagine if this guy had non public and hard to find information available to him. For example: facial recognition software, number plate running, street signs, phone numbers etc. If he were asked to find me for a crime or whatever I’d be scared.

    Seal BoySeal Boy3 dagar sedan
  • Now I know that the bridge near to my house is called Jacques Something

    Артём ЛузикАртём Лузик3 dagar sedan
  • What you need is a guy who took a computer graphics class - that's me. Think of a photo as a 2D frame hanging in midair. There are rays of light shooting out from the focal point of a lens behind it, through the frame, and hitting some point on a 3D thing we see in the image (oversimplification). Each ray that shoots through the frame is a pixel in the image; the point where it hits the 3D scene determines the color of that pixel. To draw a line from the camera (focal point) to some thing in the 3D scene, with only the 2D image, is tricky. The transformation from 3D to 2D is subject to "perspective distortion" which just describes how things farther away look smaller (and depends on the focal length of the lens being used). To go the other way, we would need to "solve" this transformation - which is typically done through photogrammetry, which would take 2 or more images and figure it out. Strictly speaking, you would need at least 2 photos to do such a thing, hence so many animals having two eyes to "solve" for depth in a stereoscopic image - fundamentally you have ambiguity in your depth information with just the one image. Less-strictly speaking, a good bodge will get you 80% there. Cheers

    Chris HChris H3 dagar sedan
  • I don't think I've seen anything as mental as this ever. And I absolutely freaking love it. You're my new hero!

    jessalijessali3 dagar sedan
  • Dosnt look like Alaska

    syi tiger907syi tiger9074 dagar sedan
  • 26:10 Whooooooa

    SnowySnowy4 dagar sedan
  • 13:35 use a minus sign before a search term to omit it from results. E.g. -jacques

    RoshireuRoshireu4 dagar sedan
  • So fun! Dunno how YT knew this is right up my alley, but it is. Keep up the great work!

    chris kapryschris kaprys4 dagar sedan
  • Just do your line thing but from two or more different points, and find where the lines intersect.

    mattVONmaymattVONmay4 dagar sedan
  • I believe for your straight line technique you need to also take into account the angle of the camera

    dietcokeheadddietcokeheadd4 dagar sedan
  • This guy has a PhD in Geography!!!!! 😂 😂 😂

    Greg WaughGreg Waugh4 dagar sedan
  • If human can do this, imagine what an AI can do.

    Kugel BlitzKugel Blitz5 dagar sedan
  • Here's a rather quick method (assuming the photo is taken vertically, which it is): Choose two objects on the photo that are on the same "width" (so for instance two objects that are 100 pixels to the right from the middle of the image). These should be the objects that you can identify on the map. Now connect these two objects on a map with a line. Camera is certain to be on this line too.

    Егор ЦеброЕгор Цебро5 dagar sedan
  • 2b2t players:

    Meox_Meox_5 dagar sedan
  • "Is it New Zealand?" He's wearing a mask, there's your answer to that question 😂

    Adele DazeemAdele Dazeem6 dagar sedan
  • Yo do you stream these

    Aaron MoserAaron Moser6 dagar sedan
  • Did he just shoot his shot with Anna

    Lizzie JossieLizzie Jossie6 dagar sedan
  • Maybe search for image in google or watching a photo geotag ? It’s easier than spend hours looking on g earth...

    riccardo pretatoriccardo pretato6 dagar sedan
  • “Oh Jesus, I’m in Brazil...” Hell of a place to be 😂

    Sam JohnsonSam Johnson6 dagar sedan
  • “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 DC6 dagar sedan
  • 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 Tronu7 dagar sedan
  • You said you'd combine 3 skills. You said nothing about singing!

    MC_Mac_MCMC_Mac_MC7 dagar sedan
  • This is really impressive. Wow dude.

    garoprgaropr7 dagar sedan
  • 10:12 "jobs near me" I thought he was doing this for a living

    kookkook7 dagar sedan
    • thats the default google autocomplete

      beambeam3 dagar sedan
  • 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 Vejchoda7 dagar sedan
  • You should be hired by some spy agency.

    pafnutiytheartistpafnutiytheartist8 dagar sedan
  • 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 Vana8 dagar sedan
  • 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 Gross8 dagar sedan
  • 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...

    eggypickleeggypickle8 dagar sedan
  • people are going to send in photos of their ex-partner or their missing dad in order to figure out their current location xD

    ChandirChandir8 dagar sedan
  • 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 Staudt9 dagar sedan
  • 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 Moron9 dagar sedan
  • You start talking Alaska and I'm like LOLno.

    Resplendent MoronResplendent Moron9 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    PaxwortPaxwort9 dagar sedan
  • 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 Hood10 dagar sedan
  • Surely you take the piss a bit to extend the length your videos....

    Nick MorganNick Morgan10 dagar sedan
  • 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 Miller10 dagar sedan
  • 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 Beck10 dagar sedan
  • 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 Jones11 dagar sedan
  • what a fantastic idea! please upload more!

    Qwertzuiop QwertzuiopQwertzuiop Qwertzuiop11 dagar sedan
  • never make this man angry if you send him a selfie, he'll find your room on google maps

    Cody CosgroveCody Cosgrove11 dagar sedan
  • 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

    hmmmhmmm11 dagar sedan
  • Put the man down!

    luwn00bzluwn00bz11 dagar sedan
  • Nós brasileiros estamos em todo lugar

    FireGodFireGod11 dagar sedan
  • 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_312 dagar sedan
  • "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 ??!12 dagar sedan
  • 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 Calzone12 dagar sedan
  • Use -keyword to remove it from Google searches!

    GeirasGeiras12 dagar sedan
  • I gasped when he put the man down on the police path... unreal

    Christina FerraroChristina Ferraro12 dagar sedan
  • 1:45 that's nice of you to find someone's pet

    kapil busawahkapil busawah13 dagar sedan
  • Soo what is your name on OSRS... maybe a good video to find location’s within osrs

    Wouter639Wouter63913 dagar sedan
  • 29:58 it might unsettle your girlfriend if you say "very beautiful, i've seen the unblurred version"

    RyzRyz13 dagar sedan
  • 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 dumitrache13 dagar sedan
  • @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...

    spiffy926spiffy92613 dagar sedan
  • 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

    LukeyTim0LukeyTim013 dagar sedan
  • 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 Heart13 dagar sedan
  • 18:18 That's the same thing I think when I wake up

    Elder MartinsElder Martins13 dagar sedan
  • Bruh one of the photos was my Spanish teacher

    DekelsbDekelsb13 dagar sedan
  • Anyone else down here looking for Rick Savage? Lol

    King SquirrelKing Squirrel14 dagar sedan
  • 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 Mike14 dagar sedan
  • 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 Kaplan14 dagar sedan
  • Imagine if your scroll wheel could talk

    NamiizanNamiizan14 dagar sedan
  • he must be bored af

    Rons DonRons Don14 dagar sedan
  • bruh, i luv ur work, but trigonometry doesn't work like that...

    Leon ZlasuLeon Zlasu14 dagar sedan
  • 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_G14 dagar sedan
  • 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 M14 dagar sedan
  • You have absolutely incredible patience

    BossyMeatCreatureBossyMeatCreature14 dagar sedan
  • I saw my home in the background of the one bridge

    Marten KerkhoffMarten Kerkhoff14 dagar sedan
  • 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 Song14 dagar sedan
  • 18:20 I almost pissed myself from that

    Inferno !Inferno !15 dagar sedan
  • Le pont Jaque cartier XD

    Vincent G. PlanteVincent G. Plante15 dagar sedan
  • If you stand on the road in the bottom right of Anna's photo you can turn around and see the balcony.

    tsgsjeremytsgsjeremy15 dagar sedan
  • What an idiot doesnt know where to draw the line /s

    Karl SarapKarl Sarap15 dagar sedan
  • Local Fairbanksan here, honored to be even considered as a location by the man himself GeoWizard

    John MinderJohn Minder15 dagar sedan

    Dark SoulDark Soul15 dagar sedan
  • este men esta enfermo

    Aimar PardoAimar Pardo15 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    phunkydroidphunkydroid15 dagar sedan
  • maybe lens distortion

    jasper verkerkjasper verkerk16 dagar sedan
  • 18:18 "oh jesus I'm in Brazil" Me too, man... me too

    GabriellaGabriella16 dagar sedan
  • 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. calligarich16 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Something0Something016 dagar sedan
  • TFW the thumbnail to a british youtuber's channel is your canadian 7k pop. hometown

    Ian RoyIan Roy16 dagar sedan
  • You want projective geometry.

    Shanmukha GShanmukha G16 dagar sedan
  • Team up with Lockpicking lawyer?

    Wyatt WaidWyatt Waid16 dagar sedan
  • Oh Jesus I'm in Brazil

    pistol2pistol216 dagar sedan
  • 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)

    AaronRCAaronRC16 dagar sedan
  • I do this to find filming locations.

    Deborah DownsDeborah Downs16 dagar sedan
  • when you're born in brazil 18:18

    la ranla ran16 dagar sedan
  • 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 A16 dagar sedan