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

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.

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  1. pafnutiytheartist

    pafnutiytheartist

    15 uur geleden

    You should be hired by some spy agency.

  2. Avana Vana

    Avana Vana

    17 uur geleden

    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.

  3. Fabian Simon Gross

    Fabian Simon Gross

    Dag geleden

    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

  4. eggypickle

    eggypickle

    Dag geleden

    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...

  5. Chandir

    Chandir

    Dag geleden

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

  6. Patrick Staudt

    Patrick Staudt

    Dag geleden

    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 w.google.de/maps/@22.2086535,114.0301372,3a,75y,127.74h,95.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBSBPJtZ5W5HqMRvwkxuVMg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 There ya go :D

  7. Resplendent Moron

    Resplendent Moron

    Dag geleden

    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.

  8. Resplendent Moron

    Resplendent Moron

    Dag geleden

    You start talking Alaska and I'm like LOLno.

  9. Paxwort

    Paxwort

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  10. David Hood

    David Hood

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  11. Nick Morgan

    Nick Morgan

    2 dagen geleden

    Surely you take the piss a bit to extend the length your videos....

  12. Jonathan Miller

    Jonathan Miller

    2 dagen geleden

    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).

  13. Gordon Beck

    Gordon Beck

    3 dagen geleden

    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

  14. Jack Jones

    Jack Jones

    3 dagen geleden

    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...

  15. Qwertzuiop Qwertzuiop

    Qwertzuiop Qwertzuiop

    3 dagen geleden

    what a fantastic idea! please upload more!

  16. Cody Cosgrove

    Cody Cosgrove

    3 dagen geleden

    never make this man angry if you send him a selfie, he'll find your room on google maps

  17. hmmm

    hmmm

    3 dagen geleden

    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

  18. luwn00bz

    luwn00bz

    3 dagen geleden

    Put the man down!

  19. FireGod

    FireGod

    3 dagen geleden

    Nós brasileiros estamos em todo lugar

  20. Schutzstaffel_Officer_3

    Schutzstaffel_Officer_3

    4 dagen geleden

    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

  21. Tryphon, un ZOUAVE ??!

    Tryphon, un ZOUAVE ??!

    4 dagen geleden

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

  22. Ryloh Calzone

    Ryloh Calzone

    4 dagen geleden

    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

  23. Geiras

    Geiras

    5 dagen geleden

    Use -keyword to remove it from Google searches!

  24. Christina Ferraro

    Christina Ferraro

    5 dagen geleden

    I gasped when he put the man down on the police path... unreal

  25. kapil busawah

    kapil busawah

    5 dagen geleden

    1:45 that's nice of you to find someone's pet

  26. Wouter639

    Wouter639

    5 dagen geleden

    Soo what is your name on OSRS... maybe a good video to find location’s within osrs

  27. Ryz

    Ryz

    5 dagen geleden

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

  28. andrei dumitrache

    andrei dumitrache

    5 dagen geleden

    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

  29. spiffy926

    spiffy926

    5 dagen geleden

    @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...

  30. LukeyTim0

    LukeyTim0

    5 dagen geleden

    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

  31. Bless Your Heart

    Bless Your Heart

    5 dagen geleden

    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.

  32. Elder Martins

    Elder Martins

    5 dagen geleden

    18:18 That's the same thing I think when I wake up

  33. Dekelsb

    Dekelsb

    6 dagen geleden

    Bruh one of the photos was my Spanish teacher

  34. King Squirrel

    King Squirrel

    6 dagen geleden

    Anyone else down here looking for Rick Savage? Lol

  35. Mad Mike

    Mad Mike

    6 dagen geleden

    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.

  36. Jeff Kaplan

    Jeff Kaplan

    6 dagen geleden

    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.

  37. Namiizan

    Namiizan

    6 dagen geleden

    Imagine if your scroll wheel could talk

  38. Rons Don

    Rons Don

    6 dagen geleden

    he must be bored af

  39. Leon Zlasu

    Leon Zlasu

    6 dagen geleden

    bruh, i luv ur work, but trigonometry doesn't work like that...

  40. Beefy_G

    Beefy_G

    6 dagen geleden

    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.

  41. Darien M

    Darien M

    6 dagen geleden

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

  42. BossyMeatCreature

    BossyMeatCreature

    6 dagen geleden

    You have absolutely incredible patience

  43. Marten Kerkhoff

    Marten Kerkhoff

    6 dagen geleden

    I saw my home in the background of the one bridge

  44. Allan Song

    Allan Song

    7 dagen geleden

    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.

  45. Inferno !

    Inferno !

    7 dagen geleden

    18:20 I almost pissed myself from that

  46. Vincent G. Plante

    Vincent G. Plante

    7 dagen geleden

    Le pont Jaque cartier XD

  47. tsgsjeremy

    tsgsjeremy

    7 dagen geleden

    If you stand on the road in the bottom right of Anna's photo you can turn around and see the balcony.

  48. Karl Sarap

    Karl Sarap

    8 dagen geleden

    What an idiot doesnt know where to draw the line /s

  49. John Minder

    John Minder

    8 dagen geleden

    Local Fairbanksan here, honored to be even considered as a location by the man himself GeoWizard

  50. Dark Soul

    Dark Soul

    8 dagen geleden

    18:10 YOU ARE GOING TO BRAZIL!!!!

  51. Aimar Pardo

    Aimar Pardo

    8 dagen geleden

    este men esta enfermo

  52. phunkydroid

    phunkydroid

    8 dagen geleden

    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.

  53. jasper verkerk

    jasper verkerk

    8 dagen geleden

    maybe lens distortion

  54. Gabriella

    Gabriella

    8 dagen geleden

    18:18 "oh jesus I'm in Brazil" Me too, man... me too

  55. francesco p. calligarich

    francesco p. calligarich

    8 dagen geleden

    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!

  56. Something0

    Something0

    8 dagen geleden

    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.

  57. Ian Roy

    Ian Roy

    8 dagen geleden

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

  58. Shanmukha G

    Shanmukha G

    8 dagen geleden

    You want projective geometry.

  59. Wyatt Waid

    Wyatt Waid

    8 dagen geleden

    Team up with Lockpicking lawyer?

  60. pistol2

    pistol2

    8 dagen geleden

    Oh Jesus I'm in Brazil

  61. AaronRC

    AaronRC

    8 dagen geleden

    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)

  62. Deborah Downs

    Deborah Downs

    8 dagen geleden

    I do this to find filming locations.

  63. la ran

    la ran

    8 dagen geleden

    when you're born in brazil 18:18

  64. Jacob A

    Jacob A

    9 dagen geleden

    Why do I feel like this is what my girl is doing whenever I post a picture of me w/ the boys somewhere 🤔

  65. El perro de nanatsu

    El perro de nanatsu

    9 dagen geleden

    4 chan users be like

  66. Ethan Lane

    Ethan Lane

    9 dagen geleden

    1:40 right up your street eh?

  67. Luke Sheppard

    Luke Sheppard

    9 dagen geleden

    4:17 Eyyyyy my homwtown

  68. Till Fischer

    Till Fischer

    9 dagen geleden

    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 Fischer

      Till Fischer

      9 dagen geleden

      so to answer ur question at 22:50, its a good idea, you need a photographer ;)

  69. wareya

    wareya

    9 dagen geleden

    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.

  70. Sebastien Mallet

    Sebastien Mallet

    9 dagen geleden

    See the thumbnail and im like..thats where i live haha

  71. Jam O'Donnahan

    Jam O'Donnahan

    9 dagen geleden

    Can you find Atillah Hildmann? The German police would be happy about that ^^

  72. ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜ

    ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜ

    9 dagen geleden

    Bro your gonna get hired by some sort of secret government organization who search for people.

  73. waterraqun

    waterraqun

    9 dagen geleden

    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

  74. mc mc

    mc mc

    9 dagen geleden

    Somebody remind me not to get on this guys bad side 😂🤣

  75. Jesus Christ

    Jesus Christ

    9 dagen geleden

    Him scrolling on my town is so spooky LMAO

  76. Munich FX

    Munich FX

    9 dagen geleden

    Hallo, I lost my phone, interested in a challenge?

  77. Howl

    Howl

    9 dagen geleden

    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

  78. Thomas Pesnel

    Thomas Pesnel

    9 dagen geleden

    Should put these skills to good use and work for Bellingcat open source data investigation

  79. theallmightyy

    theallmightyy

    9 dagen geleden

    old school runescape ftw on your desktop

  80. Chris

    Chris

    9 dagen geleden

    Lens distortion could require you to draw your references down the center of the photo?

  81. Stephen Phelps

    Stephen Phelps

    9 dagen geleden

    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

  82. Keegan Smith

    Keegan Smith

    9 dagen geleden

    18:18 when you get sent to brazil

  83. Theone_Fun YT

    Theone_Fun YT

    9 dagen geleden

    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...

  84. mtndew314

    mtndew314

    9 dagen geleden

    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.

  85. formu1fan

    formu1fan

    10 dagen geleden

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

  86. Jerry Whidby

    Jerry Whidby

    10 dagen geleden

    Aren't zippers on a different side in Europe?

  87. Jerry Whidby

    Jerry Whidby

    10 dagen geleden

    4chan member found.

  88. Pruitt The Witch

    Pruitt The Witch

    10 dagen geleden

    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?"

  89. 1nZaneR

    1nZaneR

    10 dagen geleden

    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.

  90. K9 sidrat

    K9 sidrat

    10 dagen geleden

    Your calculations are wrong because the earth is flat

  91. Fíla Aurell

    Fíla Aurell

    10 dagen geleden

    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.

  92. Heroinspritzer

    Heroinspritzer

    10 dagen geleden

    You have to draw the line straight down the middle to find the location :)

  93. Max Mustermann

    Max Mustermann

    10 dagen geleden

    FBI wants to talk to you

  94. Jake Biddlecome

    Jake Biddlecome

    10 dagen geleden

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

  95. The M

    The M

    10 dagen geleden

    FBI WANT TO KNOW YOUR LOCATION

  96. tom frankfooter

    tom frankfooter

    10 dagen geleden

    i wish you wouldnt stop the music

  97. jackdonkey22

    jackdonkey22

    10 dagen geleden

    Maybe the line has to go from the center of the picture to the center of the bottom of the picture.

  98. Endermit

    Endermit

    10 dagen geleden

    18:11 You can not escape, you are always going to Brazil

  99. Michael Antonio

    Michael Antonio

    10 dagen geleden

    22:48 You need a topologist.

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