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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  • 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_33 tuntia 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 ??!5 tuntia 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 Calzone13 tuntia sitten
  • Use -keyword to remove it from Google searches!

    GeirasGeiras20 tuntia sitten
  • I gasped when he put the man down on the police path... unreal

    Christina FerraroChristina Ferraro22 tuntia sitten
  • 1:45 that's nice of you to find someone's pet

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

    Wouter639Wouter639Päivä sitten
  • 29:58 it might unsettle your girlfriend if you say "very beautiful, i've seen the unblurred version"

    RyzRyzPäivä 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 dumitrachePäivä 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...

    spiffy926spiffy926Päivä 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

    LukeyTim0LukeyTim0Päivä 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 HeartPäivä sitten
  • 18:18 That's the same thing I think when I wake up

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

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

    King SquirrelKing Squirrel2 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 Mike2 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 Kaplan2 päivää sitten
  • Imagine if your scroll wheel could talk

    NamiizanNamiizan2 päivää sitten
  • he must be bored af

    Rons DonRons Don2 päivää sitten
  • bruh, i luv ur work, but trigonometry doesn't work like that...

    Leon ZlasuLeon Zlasu2 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_G2 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 M2 päivää sitten
  • You have absolutely incredible patience

    BossyMeatCreatureBossyMeatCreature2 päivää sitten
  • I saw my home in the background of the one bridge

    Marten KerkhoffMarten Kerkhoff2 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 Song2 päivää sitten
  • 18:20 I almost pissed myself from that

    Inferno !Inferno !3 päivää sitten
  • Le pont Jaque cartier XD

    Vincent G. PlanteVincent G. Plante3 päivää sitten
  • If you stand on the road in the bottom right of Anna's photo you can turn around and see the balcony.

    tsgsjeremytsgsjeremy3 päivää sitten
  • What an idiot doesnt know where to draw the line /s

    Karl SarapKarl Sarap3 päivää sitten
  • Local Fairbanksan here, honored to be even considered as a location by the man himself GeoWizard

    John MinderJohn Minder3 päivää sitten
  • 18:10 YOU ARE GOING TO BRAZIL!!!!

    Dark SoulDark Soul3 päivää sitten
  • este men esta enfermo

    Aimar PardoAimar Pardo3 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.

    phunkydroidphunkydroid3 päivää sitten
  • maybe lens distortion

    jasper verkerkjasper verkerk4 päivää sitten
  • 18:18 "oh jesus I'm in Brazil" Me too, man... me too

    GabriellaGabriella4 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. calligarich4 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.

    Something0Something04 päivää sitten
  • TFW the thumbnail to a british youtuber's channel is your canadian 7k pop. hometown

    Ian RoyIan Roy4 päivää sitten
  • You want projective geometry.

    Shanmukha GShanmukha G4 päivää sitten
  • Team up with Lockpicking lawyer?

    Wyatt WaidWyatt Waid4 päivää sitten
  • Oh Jesus I'm in Brazil

    pistol2pistol24 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)

    AaronRCAaronRC4 päivää sitten
  • I do this to find filming locations.

    Deborah DownsDeborah Downs4 päivää sitten
  • when you're born in brazil 18:18

    la ranla ran4 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 A4 päivää sitten
  • 4 chan users be like

    El perro de nanatsuEl perro de nanatsu4 päivää sitten
  • 1:40 right up your street eh?

    Ethan LaneEthan Lane4 päivää sitten
  • 4:17 Eyyyyy my homwtown

    Luke SheppardLuke Sheppard4 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 Fischer4 päivää sitten
    • so to answer ur question at 22:50, its a good idea, you need a photographer ;)

      Till FischerTill Fischer4 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.

    wareyawareya5 päivää sitten
  • See the thumbnail and im like..thats where i live haha

    Sebastien MalletSebastien Mallet5 päivää sitten
  • Can you find Atillah Hildmann? The German police would be happy about that ^^

    Jam O'DonnahanJam O'Donnahan5 päivää sitten
  • Bro your gonna get hired by some sort of secret government organization who search for people.

    ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ ʙʀᴜʜ5 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

    waterraqunwaterraqun5 päivää sitten
  • Somebody remind me not to get on this guys bad side 😂🤣

    mc mcmc mc5 päivää sitten
  • Him scrolling on my town is so spooky LMAO

    Jesus ChristJesus Christ5 päivää sitten
  • Hallo, I lost my phone, interested in a challenge?

    Munich FXMunich FX5 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

    HowlHowl5 päivää sitten
  • Should put these skills to good use and work for Bellingcat open source data investigation

    Thomas PesnelThomas Pesnel5 päivää sitten
  • old school runescape ftw on your desktop

    theallmightyytheallmightyy5 päivää sitten
  • Lens distortion could require you to draw your references down the center of the photo?

    ChrisChris5 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 Phelps5 päivää sitten
  • 18:18 when you get sent to brazil

    Keegan SmithKeegan Smith5 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 YT5 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.

    mtndew314mtndew3145 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

    formu1fanformu1fan5 päivää sitten
  • Aren't zippers on a different side in Europe?

    Jerry WhidbyJerry Whidby5 päivää sitten
  • 4chan member found.

    Jerry WhidbyJerry Whidby5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Witch5 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    1nZaneR1nZaneR5 päivää sitten
  • Your calculations are wrong because the earth is flat

    K9 sidratK9 sidrat5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Aurell5 päivää sitten
  • You have to draw the line straight down the middle to find the location :)

    HeroinspritzerHeroinspritzer5 päivää sitten
  • FBI wants to talk to you

    Max MustermannMax Mustermann5 päivää sitten
  • 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 Biddlecome5 päivää sitten
  • FBI WANT TO KNOW YOUR LOCATION

    The MThe M5 päivää sitten
  • i wish you wouldnt stop the music

    tom frankfootertom frankfooter6 päivää sitten
  • Maybe the line has to go from the center of the picture to the center of the bottom of the picture.

    jackdonkey22jackdonkey226 päivää sitten
  • 18:11 You can not escape, you are always going to Brazil

    EndermitEndermit6 päivää sitten
  • 22:48 You need a topologist.

    Michael AntonioMichael Antonio6 päivää sitten
  • 22:30 Have to remember, they take the photo, and continue to walk while they "tag" it. Someone on a hiking trail will be even less compelled to stand still than someone anywhere else.

    Michael AntonioMichael Antonio6 päivää sitten
  • The line you are drawing in Paint isnt the one you are drawing in earth because there are different persepectives + different dimensions

    ZachyiiZachyii6 päivää sitten
  • why don't you use triangulation to find out the distance?

    Immortal ZoDDImmortal ZoDD6 päivää sitten
  • hes doing the same thing as me trying to find the memories in botw lmao

    thestyxcodethestyxcode6 päivää sitten
  • 5:47 that’s literally my town in screen lol. Also, the only mountains in Nova Scotia are in come Breton island which is up north

    Luke ColwellLuke Colwell6 päivää sitten
  • lol I looked at my screen to you looking in sudbury which is very very close

    Conna DuguayConna Duguay6 päivää sitten
    • To me

      Conna DuguayConna Duguay6 päivää sitten
  • Your line method would be more accurate drawing a line directly down the middle of the photo

    ouodoouodo6 päivää sitten
  • I legitimately GASPED at 26:16

    Ryan AllenRyan Allen6 päivää sitten
  • saw the bridge right next to my house on that list

    Ryan ARyan A6 päivää sitten
  • Gabe MorehouseGabe Morehouse6 päivää sitten
  • The second picture is insane how quickly you found it

    Nick SitroNick Sitro6 päivää sitten
  • This is a whaco method but what the fuck you are incredible

    Matthew ArdernMatthew Ardern6 päivää sitten
  • If you write a - (minus) and than a word in google after your searchwords it will filter that out

    king jnlking jnl6 päivää sitten
  • can't you just use reverse image search?

    JoelGerJoelGer6 päivää sitten
  • The moment you realise that you actually drove on that bridge many times 😅

    Jean-Frédéric DubéJean-Frédéric Dubé6 päivää sitten
  • If his line in google earth wasn't following the ground it would work

    Bert TheChubbyOneBert TheChubbyOne6 päivää sitten
  • Yes I think you need a mathematician or image scientist. i think you would need to account for the lens and sensor size of the camera used. since most people are using phone cameras, maybe you could distinguish android v iphone kinda like generations of camera in google maps. Both phones used different sensors and sadly a wide variety of lens types as well, but you could maybe come up with a decent focal length and sensor size estimate to use as baseline. From there, you would ideally compare pixel size (found in your image browser), with a height or width estimate of what you are looking at (found either in Google Earth or by googling/guessing). Then, with an estimate of the focal length of the lens, you could find the distance and from there i feel that the angles would be better estimated in 3D space. simple trigonometry could get you the information you need to know and additionally, you could just determine alot about the distances. Field of view is important to know too, cameras have a set angular field of view in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Once you know say, the horizontal field of view of your camera, you could find distances with simple parallax (if you know the length of a flat facing object that the camera is looking at, find of what percentage of the pixels in the horizontal direction it takes up and you can estimate the field of view angle it takes up and thus the distance)

    Aidan ConnollyAidan Connolly6 päivää sitten
  • I actually thought of this while watching a big youtubers vlog. They were flaunting their background like crazy at their house. i was like "GoeWizard would know wher you live just off this footage man!" This is amazing!!

    Elizabeth KierereElizabeth Kierere6 päivää sitten
  • This is the most fun thing and THE MOST FRuStrATInG THING ever. I love doing it, and GeoWizard takes it to another level.

    UltraRageManUltraRageMan6 päivää sitten
  • Isn’t that Italian lake one of the scenes in star wars where Anakin and Padme go

    TotalxTotalx7 päivää sitten