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/pd [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
10 years ago41,113 views

holy shit.....!!

photoactive [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

That's insane!

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but these images could be from the Australia Day flyover.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I updated the post to clarify this just now Ionut. Geotrotter's image selections are from Australia Day flyover. But the camel image is from somewhere in Africa.

Barry Schwartz [PersonRank 4]

10 years ago #

weird.... wow.

j [PersonRank 2]

10 years ago #

the africa photos may be from the National Geographic overlay in Google Earth that were taken by an aero-photographer across the continent (would explain why the man is looking up)

/pd [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

YEah the camel image is chad.. the unzoomed url is here

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Australia Day images are in Google Earth since March, the 1st (zorgloob.com/2007/03/google-ea ...)
And animals (camels, ...) are on Google Earth since last year. I was talking about that here:
zorgloob.com/2006/08/google-en ...
and Google Earth Blog there :
gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2 ...


gearthblog.com/images/images80 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Here is a comparison of the slider zoom levels vs URL replacement zoom levels:


blogoscoped.com/files/google-z ...



I was able to reproduce this for [New York, NY] as well, where I could go from 19 (highest manual Maps zoom level) to 20 (URL zoom level).

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Tom, did you also know about the URL replacement trick to get this imagery to work for Google Maps?

Sean [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

not much to look at but its another one from the same region.
maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...
why would they publish such a detailed image of nothing?

these must be fly over images not satellites?!?!... in your camel image all the natives are looking up and the camels look spooked, right?

/pd [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

it seems to peak at level 24.. and then it goes back to some default level of 18..

I am trying w/other locations but cant seem to break thru..!!

BrianS [PersonRank 7]

10 years ago #

It appears all of the locations from the National Geographic layer in Google Earth have this extended level of zoom.

If you go to the following KML mapped onto google maps and choose one of the locations, then change the zoom in the URL according to Philipp you can see the high quality images.

maps.google.com/maps?q=bbs.key ...

BrianS [PersonRank 7]

10 years ago #

Also, once you have zoomed into level 23 on any of the above locations, you can click the other ones on the left hand side and view them all at that zoom level.

Neat!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

(Thanks Brian. I added a second update to the post.)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Philipp > Yes, but I thought the level of the slider was updated in accordance with the area you're watching :-/
That is to say, if you put the maximum level, and you drag the map to an area with HD images, the slider is no longer at the maximum level, automatically.

BTW, it seems the Hybrid mode doesn't work when put the maximum Z parameter

Gareth [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

That's cool. I've seen these images on Google Earth before, but had no idea you could get that close with Map. I put some Hippos taking a bath on my site, using the maps API.

anotherchancetosee.com/2007/03 ...

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Cool, but alarming.

Matt Nordhoff [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

So instead of looking for black helicopters, we'll be looking for Paris Hilton?

Pete M [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Ceiling Google is watching you masterbate

Billy [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Somebody should make a bookmarklet!

Jeff [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Nice...why are they offering such detailed images of camels? The only other place I can get it to work for is New York.

Larry [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

This ought to confirm speculation about flyover images vs. satellite: maps.google.com/maps?q=bbs.key ...

alek [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Nice spot Larry – wonder how low that airplane is.

i dont get what you do? [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

how do I do this?, someone please explain.
What do I replace with 23, parameter what?

Anita [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Nice one Larry! I hope Google starts doing that across the country, it is so much more detailed than Microsoft's version.

yi [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

you're a [personal attack removed].
don't ever post this obvious garbage again.

ray zorblade [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

yawn----------

Henry [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Didn't work for me but I went to Google Earth and could see it zoomed in.

Flick [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

This is brilliant :D Alas... there is still a limitation if they haven't taken a detailed enough photo of the area. Thanks for letting us all know though... the camel was hilarious!

Evan [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

For those of you interested in the project that is the source of these high resolution images of Africa, check out the story at National Geographic Magazine:

www7.nationalgeographic.com/ng ...

or read Google's blog about this collaboration with the magazine:

googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/0 ...

[put at-character here]alek: The article says that Mike Fay's plane flew "usually at about 500 feet (150 meters)"

[put at-character here]sean: your comment about why there are pictures of nothing got me thinking. I found this beautiful prose in Fay's piece:

"Mostly what we observed and recorded, though, were variations on the theme of absence: absence of people, absence of roads, absence of wildlife, of water, of vegetation—absence of topography itself. Sometimes we looked down and saw nothing but beige flatness, just nothing, even when the visibility was good. Some days we flew a 400-mile (650-kilometer) loop without glimpsing a single animal, and dozens of miles without spotting so much as a plant. Never mind. Even absence is a form of data."

Mike [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

I'm working on the website DCguide.com which deals with Washington, DC...I wonder how close you can zoom in her with the terrorism issues???

Andrew Hitchcock [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

You can do the extra zoom with Las Vegas as well:

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

toml [PersonRank 6]

10 years ago #

I saw a Google plane in poland a year ago. It was about 500 m altitiude

menneke [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

While I'm as excited as the next guy (and a wee-bit concerned too), in my part of the world (Crete, Greece) we can only dream of resolutions above z=12 for large areas of the island. maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z ... This is about 3 miles south of Iraklio city. Looks like DigitalGlobe's satellite went on a lunch break when flying over.

Sigh.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

BTW, the sample image of the post (i.e. man looking into the camera) is from Western Chad.

Brian Sawyer [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

Fun at FOO Camp:

hackszine.com/blog/archive/200 ...

alek [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Thanks for the high-res La$ Vega$ pointer Andrew – spent a minute there as we stayed at the Luxar years ago – thought it was kinda neat that they appear to have some sort of screen on the pyrimid shaped hotel ... and some advertiser got "lucky" and had their Hairspray ad up when the flyover occurred.
maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

ion [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

works for berlin too

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

Steve - ubertor.com [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Great find. I find that for Canada you can even use the regular zoom all the way... but in the US your trick works quite well.

Steve

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Doug [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Buckingham palace: Surely they need to patch this maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

Dan Coulter [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

You can see dolphins in Las Vegas:
maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

James Turnbull [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

We've been inundated with this story over at Google Sightseeing: googlesightseeing.com, although there's really nothing new – as the updated post says the images are the same as what is in Google Earth.

I posted a response here:
googlesightseeing.com/2007/03/ ...

Wintallo [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Haha! A limousine in Las Vegas!

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

-Joel

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timhj [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

yeah australia day photos... car show on elizabeth street...
maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&am ...

Trent Miller [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...
A missile mid flight!

bboyle [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

which value is the z score???

PapaOscarWhiskey [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

It works in Berlin. But in Warsaw dont.
The largest zoom I got with value = 19
maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

and nothing...

What a pity.

Oliver [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

If you pan around the waterhole area, most of the people are looking up – so it has to be a flyover of some kind.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Hmm, typical 'We are sorry...' text appeared when testing...

Dan [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Why can't I seem to do this? can't find 'link to this page' where is it?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Dan, which language do you see on Google Maps? English...?

WK1 [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

I thought this was interesting when I first read it. But then I realized that most places that I would be interested in looking at are not even available at zoom level 19. I can only go to zoom level 18 in my home town. I'm not even sure if my parent's house is on google maps. We've lived there since 1993, so it's at least that old, but google maps are so seriously out of date that it only shows a vacant lot. It's kind of hard to tell at such a high distance, but I think that is what is shown. I'm not sure when their house was a vacant lot, but it demonstrates how out of date google's maps are. Older than google itself.

My house, on the other hand, shows up kind of ok at zoom level 19. It's surrounded by trees, so nothing much to see. I increased to zoom level 20, and all I got was what appeared to be a zoom level 19 blown up. It was pretty grainy. Zoom level 21 was the familiar "google maps is not available at this zoom level for that location."

So, that's my experience with trying out your info. I didn't get much from your article. If you find any close-ups of naked girls, please re-post.

Dan [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

english

Peter P [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

I can only get to z=13 where I live. I guess that saves being spied on.

ME [PersonRank 8]

10 years ago #

Great hack! Airphotos and satellite images with this level of detail have been around for a long time. I think what makes us uncomfortable in terms of privacy, is that Google has made these images so readibly accessible

Jean Babsy [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

i read it right here! alle these pictures are from national geographic!!

board.protecus.de/t28550.htm

^ there are more example...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

To clarify my comment posted to PapaOscarWhiskey's comment:

testing link of Warsaw generated typical We are sorry screen when tested.
No need to test with the slider.
All others links mentioned on this thread work.

Matt [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

It seems the area where I live can only be z19. After that it just says not available. this is a cool trick though – and goes to show you whats to come.

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Any new images at China? I found my studios at the maps, but so small.

Dadel [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Strange, it doesn't work with Baghdad. I thought that Americans have this area very thoroughly observed:)

Lissa [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

i can't find the "z" parameter to change. help?

Bennegans [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Google! what is this


s114.photobucket.com/albums/n2 ...



[Image NSFW. -Philipp]

Gerg [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Wow Trent, that rocket was awesome! How the hell could you find it???

Nicole [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

[IMG]


i176.photobucket.com/albums/w1 ...

]

i found this on google earth.

Nicole [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #


i176.photobucket.com/albums/w1 ...


i found this on google earth.

catalina [PersonRank 0]

10 years ago #

Gerg (and Trent), that is not a missle, it is an airplane. Saw this a few weeks ago and it was confirmed to be I believe a 737 in midflight. Look closely, you can see its wings and tail. Just darker paint on them.

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