Google is using the clone tool?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Some Google satellite view images from Holland, where some trees look suspiciously alike.
This is a Google Maps satellite view in Holland. And some trees look suspiciously alike.




Why would they do that?

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14 comentarii:

Anonymous said...

Because the trees were planted in regular rows/patterns.

It's not natural - it's gardening.

John M. said...

I don't know.

That some pretty freaky gardening to make those patterns match exactly.

If you examine the lightest and darkest elements of the image as shapes, many are identical. Copy and paste.

If the Dutch government is responsible, there is no mystery about why they would paste a bunch of trees there. Some feature or installation in that space could be classified or at least considered sensitive enough to want to conceal it. SOP.

If it's not the government, it could very well be someone of means that requested that Google conceal their property. Considering it's right next to a golf course, this very well might be the case. William Hurt's house in France is blocked from view on GE.

Regardless, it's careless, sloppy work. Whoever did that photoshop job probably thought that nobody would notice. Never assume that. Someone always notices.

Anonymous said...

could be a fixup job on a seam between images.

Anonymous said...

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.09011&lon=6.121818&z=17.9&r=0&src=msl

xco said...

That makes it even more weird...

lc said...

-> xxx

Anonymous said...

Actually, if you look closely at the trees on the left of the pond, those have cropping similarities as well. Looks copied and pasted.

xco said...

Someone must've accidentally erased the trees on both sides of the pond and they had to fill it back somehow. That's an explanation.

Anonymous said...

hiding the truth man!

Venjanz said...

Howdy! I linked to your post, and somebody offered this explanation:

"Let me explain how this is done. For starters, these images are not produced by Google Maps, but by either NavTech or TeleAtlas, who provide identical data for UPS, FedEx, the Post Office, your TomTom, OnStar and other similar devices.

The images are put together from overhead imagery and available satellite photos. At TeleAtlas several hundred people are involved in stitching the images (called tiles) together so that roads line up, bridges are in the correct place and so on. Now and then, depending on the image, you will get artifacts like this because of the manipulation done to make landmarks appear in the right place.

Note: Several of my children either have been in the past or are currently employed by TeleAtlas."

xco said...

Thanks Venjanz. But i still think somebody accidentally erased those trees...:P

Anonymous said...

how many children does he have?

someguy said...

Different airfields or government installations in Europe have been blurred or cloned out in Google Earth or Google Maps. I've seen (or not seen) Dutch or Belgian airfields that should be there but have been removed. Could be one of them.

Anonymous said...

The US Government does the same thing with overhead imagery... there are several installation on the West Coast that have been edited quite severely. My personal favorite is an oval race track with random semi trucks racing that has been superimposed over what should be two parallel runways in northwestern Washington state. Guess they didn't want us to see the emergency strip for Air Force One, and though we migh enjoy the races instead.

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