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Taliban Country, Urozgan Province, Afghanistan by Michael Yon

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Michael Yon Michael Yon
Explore score
0.15 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 27, 2011
Date taken
Feb 27, 2011

This series was made three days ago in Urozgan Province, Afghanistan, in the district of Chora. Chora is a short but very dangerous distance from Tarin Kot, the capital of Urozgan Province.

Without soldiers, armor, or any Coalition support whatsoever, we set off to Chora to see an AUSAID program that is managed by the Central Asia Development Group. We managed without being attacked to make it to the outskirts of the green zone of Chora. I was told that probably more than a hundred (my source said 'at least') people had died on this road in about the last 14 months, and that the night before there had been about two hours of fighting at Chora, during which at least one Taliban was killed. Chora is said to be a Taliban stronghold.

And so I asked to stop the car and I quickly made this panorama. I did not use the Gigapan robot due to time and possible attack, but did use the software to make the stitch. We then headed into the village, where eventually we found the dead Taliban displayed in this Gigapan (also handheld):

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Gigapan Comments (1)

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  1. Thomas Hayden

    Thomas Hayden (March 01, 2011, 10:26AM )

    Just looking at blurring vehicles on the road in the distance in this pano freaks me out. Great geology exposed though - I think its a anticline, but I could be wrong.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 154 megapixels (38848 x 3984 pixels)
Input images: 28 (28 columns by 1 rows)
Field of view: 57.5 degrees wide by 5.9 degrees high (top=3.2, bottom=-2.7)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Image size: 5616x3744 (21.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-02-27 06:50:04 - 2011-02-27 06:50:33
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.0008 - 0.00125
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 48.8 mm
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 66.7 to 91.9 percent
Computer stats: 7936 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 4:17 (9.2 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 28 seconds, Projection: 33 seconds, Blending: 3:15
(Preview finished in 1:29)

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