Sometime ago I had written about how intelligent Google’s image search is. In my previous article, I told you how you can find similar images using Google’s image search. Google uses object recognition algorithms to find out what is there in the given image. On the basis of outcome, it offers you with other visually similar images.
You can also use this feature to find out where a particular image was shot. If the photo contains a building, monument or any other location revealing object that the algorithm can recognize and put a name on it –it will tell you where the photo was taken.
Please note that the algorithms can recognize only well known features on earth’s face. If you take a photo inside your room and ask Google about the location –it shall not be able to guess (however, if your photo inside your room also shows a calendar displaying Eiffel Tower, Google will tell you that the photo was taken in Paris!)
Let’s see this by an example.
I have a photo of mine taken in front of the Château Frontenac (in Quebec, Canada). This building is the icon of Quebec City. I will use it to see if Google can guess the location of this photo.
Go to Google Image Search > drag the photo from your desktop and drop it onto the search page
Google will upload your photo for processing.
And voilà! Google has correctly identified the facade visible in the background as Château Frontenac!
Image Search also presents several images on whose basis Google identified your photo. Usually Wikipedia article’s link also comes as first link.