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    Re: What place is this?

    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    I don't think it is necessary to set up rules, but in my opinion the wonderful aspect of this thread is to learn something new about foreign places with an outstanding certain historical or natural detail. And you only learn about that while searching via keywords.
    I couldn't agree more, Ralf. The things I have learnt about other places since joining in the fun on this thread are too numerous to recount. If only I can remember it all, which is a different matter! But even if not, I still retain a general knowledge of those other areas. I think I first came in on that TV tower of Ralf's back in Nov. 2010 and since then have been all over the world.
    To be honest, I am not so sure about using the picture information as defined by Steve, for this could presumably take you more or less straight there. Surely, that way, there can be no feeling of triumph in at last solving the puzzle compared to using the hard grind of examining the picture's content. As I said, and Ralf also, keywords are the thing. By bunching them to try and narrow down the search I put them in Google then wade through what it comes up with, using the search tool "Sites with images" at the side. Mind you, sifting out the rubbish takes more time than studying the possibilities.
    Long may the thread live. Cheers to Steve for getting it going.
    Last edited by wherrygirl; February 10th, 2012, 13:05.
    Ivy

    "To thine own self be true.......
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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      Re: What place is this?

      To be honest i do not think i have ever actually solved a puzzle in this thread by using the information embedded in a photo. Most of the time it does not help at all. But sometimes it can add interest to the search. For example, do you remember this puzzle from Ralf? http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...5641#post65641

      If you read the 'P.S' i put at the bottom of that post you will see what i mean about how the photo information can add some interest, it can really get the old detective thoughts inside you working overtime. But at the end of the day it did not solve the puzzle for me.

      I will always be open and honest if i stumble upon any way that makes solving a puzzle a simple task, that is why i mentioned about GPS data can be found in some images taken from a smart phone. I just mention it to bring it to your attention. I have never seen any GPS information embedded within any of our puzzle photos, nor would i want to, that would spoil the puzzle for me. And by making you all aware that GPS info can be included in photos, i would hope no one ever makes the mistake of posting a puzzle that contained information like that. But time and date info really can open up lines of investigation that you would not normally follow, for instance, with aerial shots the time of the photo could help in determining which direction we were looking in, in the past i have used time information in conjunction with the shadows on the ground to work out which direction the camera was pointing - can be helpful when using google earth, easier to spot an area if we are looking at it from the same angle that the photo was taken.

      But with reference to just how interesting this thread can be, last night i was sorting out my browser bookmarks, i have one folder of bookmarks for our cv puzzles. Each time i find a page that might be helpful in solving a puzzle it gets book marked in that folder. Over the last couple of years i had gathered over a hundred bookmarks in that folder. All dating back to puzzles solved long ago. When sorting through them and deleting them it really highlighted just how far and wide our puzzles have taken us, with such a wealth of differing subjects! It is amazing the amount of knowledge gained through one simple thread. I could never have predicted this when i posted that first entry.
      Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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        Re: What place is this?

        Yeah, man! We are doing a great reflection here. And again, i don't think we need any restrictions or rules here. Every information we can get must be allowed.
        But - we get more and more professional in here and so others maybe not so motivated to join us in this thread (well, PoloUK was not scared at all...). So let us be a little bit self controlled, use the classic methods first and continue that friendly and funny puzzle game!! And don't be too disappointed, if a puzzle (again) is solved within a few minutes...

        One of the next will be more difficult... remember that Luxemburg train station puzzle? It had all clues a train geek needs and it took days to solve it anyhow!!
        Last edited by Ralf__; February 10th, 2012, 17:19.
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          Re: What place is this?

          Dear Steve, you have never struck me as being anything but straight up. The very reverse. You have certainly told us about any short cuts that you have stumbled across - look how you warned us about the wretched Google advanced search thing. No, I was just pointing out that for anyone using picture info. it would spoil it a bit, no thumping of the table shouting "I got it, I got it..."
          Yes, I had a look at that one of Ralf's, gosh, that was fun. But then they all are. You said:
          Musical instruments, a maritime theme and a couple of footballs chucked in. Put that mix of things together and we must be in Hamburg.
          As I said at the time, that combination meant nothing to me, football - what's that? . But we all have particular knowledge of some things while not of others, it's the luck of the draw. And although I got that one in the end, on my own without everyone else's information I would never have even got started.
          What a pity you deleted your museum of past puzzle information. It must have been great to look through it.
          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            Re: What place is this?

            Ralf posted just before I did there. His mention of train reminded me of when I put on that one from the North York Moors Railway. I painted out the name on the tender but was so innocent that I forgot about the wheel configuration. Steve was on to it in a flash and what creased me up was that he even recognised a tree in the background.
            I mean - up against that sort of specialist tree recognition you can't win, can you?
            Ivy

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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              Re: What place is this?

              Since Sterkoder obviously need some time to come up with a new challenging puzzle I take the liberty to post this one:

              Sorry, not HD and not too many obvious clues in the picture itself.
              Straight out of the camera today.

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                Re: What place is this?

                Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                Since Sterkoder obviously need some time to come up with a new challenging puzzle I take the liberty to post this one:
                Funny!!!!!! Mind you, no harder than some of the ones you've set us before!

                My guess is that it's either Japan, or somewhere between Japan and Singapore.
                Cheers,

                Mark.

                www.pologlover.co.uk

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                  Re: What place is this?

                  I reckon nearer to Singapore than Japan, they do not look like Japanese clouds to me.
                  Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                    Re: What place is this?

                    I remember, that Ombugge once stated his camera to show local time Singapore.
                    He announced to return home from Fukuoka today (Hotel View Thread).
                    The picture was taken at 12.26.
                    The daily flight from Fukuoka to Singapore leaves at 10.00 local time, which is one hour in advance.
                    So the plane took off at 9.00 camera time.
                    The flight Fukuoka-Singapore takes 5.35 hours.
                    The picture was made after 3.26 flight time.
                    So what we see are the clouds over the South Chinese Sea.
                    If my calculation is correct, we should see the Vietsopetro Oil Rig - if there weren't these clouds.
                    I guess there is a special reason for Ombugge to take a picture of this rig each time he is passing.
                    So please, Ombugge, please tell us the story of this rig...
                    Last edited by Ralf__; February 14th, 2012, 17:22.
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      Re: What place is this?

                      Ralf, you've left me gasping. I've been out all day till now, tuned in to see if Svein had posted yet, and this is what I find!

                      Mark, you're slipping - have you used up all your coffee break times?
                      Ivy

                      "To thine own self be true.......
                      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                        Re: What place is this?

                        Be fair to me Ivy!

                        I was going the same direction as Ralf at #2137 - I just didn't want to get into trouble by looking at the properties of the file to work out where it was.

                        We don't know it's right yet - perhaps Ombugge wasn't going straight home?

                        Re Coffee Breaks - no big tenders to get out of the door this week - just got to edit the in-house magazine - and get excited about Finnmarken leaving Bergen to get back on the run where she belongs later in the week.
                        Last edited by PoloUK; February 14th, 2012, 17:17.
                        Cheers,

                        Mark.

                        www.pologlover.co.uk

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                          Re: What place is this?

                          Ralf has done his sums here, but may have got a bit ahead of himself.
                          I did not take any pictures at take-off from Fukuoka due to rain and low cloud cover, but we probably took off a few minutes behind schedule.

                          We were over Nahe, Okinawa at 10:34 hrs. This picture show the islands just West of there, called Tokiashiki-shima:

                          Head wind at the time was some 250 km/hr.

                          This picture was taken at 12:37 hrs. over southern Luzon, somewhere east of Batangas:


                          The cloud picture, which was taken at 12:24 hrs., must thus have been taken somewhere over central Luzon.

                          We landed at Changi Airport, Singapore at approx. 15:30 hrs.
                          This picture was taken at 15:38 hrs., as we taxied to Terminal 2:


                          I don't know if I have ever taken pictures of any Vietsovpetro rigs or fields while flying over there. (???)


                          I posted this as a lark and expected only a comment like; "You must be joking". Back to Sterkoder.

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                            Re: What place is this?

                            ...so i missed it by about 500km...

                            I knew this would be a risky try, but i did not know a suitable page, which could show me the actual flight route. But i am sure someone (Sterkoder, Dane??) does and would have been even able to get closer. I was thinking about some page we had recently to follow a flight of Cecilia, but could not remember so quick.
                            I was feeling to be a little bit in a hurry, since Steve and Mark were also following your traces.

                            Of course we are very ambitious since our recent discussion. So it was a thrilling task to find some information about your "lark"...

                            Thank you for this smiling minutes!!
                            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                              Re: What place is this?

                              So, a picture of nothing but clouds and Ralf gets the location down to about 500km. I think that is rather good!

                              I was not following that one, mainly because i had no idea where Mr Ombugge was at the time, i missed the connection with the other thread. I just looked at the clouds and laughed out loud. Plus i was waiting for Ivy's reaction, half expecting to see the frying pan come out heading in the direction of Singapore!

                              Oh well, i guess i will head back to the 'cruise ships on google earth' thread and see if i can solve any more of them.
                              Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                                Re: What place is this?

                                I remembered, where i had seen the site: I was in the "E is out navigating" thread: FlightAware.com

                                http://de.flightaware.com/live/fligh...100Z/RJFF/WSSS

                                http://de.flightaware.com/live/fligh.../WSSS/tracklog

                                But the graph is showing "my" route, while the tracklog puts you near Brunei at the asked time...

                                So not very exact. What a pity...
                                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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