Sacramento Bee fires photographer for altering photos

— Chicago Tribune staff photographer’s tweet

The Sacramento Bee says it reviewed longtime photographer Bryan Patrick’s work after suspending him earlier this week for altering a bird festival photo, and found two more digital alterations.

In one image published in a photo gallery at in September of a lone person in a sunflower field, Patrick removed the shadow of his camera and arm from the photograph, inserting sunflowers in its place.

In a 2009 photograph of the Auburn wildfire that was published unaltered in the newspaper, Patrick subtly enlarged the flames in the photograph submitted for a winning entry to the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association annual contest.

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