Patrick Schneider, the talented Charlotte Observer photographer who was reprimanded in 2003 for altering color and contrast of photos, was recently fired for the same offense.
In a clarification from C-O editor Rick Thames printed on July 28, Thames states:
The photo, taken by Observer photographer Patrick Schneider, appeared on the front of the Local & State section. It depicted a Charlotte firefighter on a ladder, silhouetted by the light of the early morning sun.
In the original photo, the sky in the photo was brownish-gray. Enhanced with photo-editing software, the sky became a deep red and the sun took on a more distinct halo.
And later he continues:
Because of the most recent violation of our photo policy, Schneider no longer works at the Observer.
We apologize for this misstep. Your trust is important to us. We will do all we can to ensure the integrity of all of our photos going forward.
Editor & Publisher story
Link to the photo in question
Poynter link for past Schneider incident
C-O editorial (subscription may be required)