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Updated: July 21, 2010 10:51 IST

BP’s altered photo distorts spill centre activity

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In this screen shot taken from Americablog.com, a digitally altered image BP posted on its Website over the weekend of its Gulf oil spill command centre in Houston, top, is shown above a zoomed-in image of the bottom centre screen, with markings in red that note evidence of alteration.
AP/Americablog.com In this screen shot taken from Americablog.com, a digitally altered image BP posted on its Website over the weekend of its Gulf oil spill command centre in Houston, top, is shown above a zoomed-in image of the bottom centre screen, with markings in red that note evidence of alteration.

British Petroleum acknowledges it posted on its Website an altered photo that exaggerates the activity at its Gulf oil spill command centre in Houston.

The picture posted over the weekend showed workers monitoring a bank of 10 giant video screens displaying underwater images.

Spokesman Scott Dean says on Tuesday that two screens were blank in the original picture and a staff photographer used Photoshop software to add images.

Mr. Dean says the company put the unaltered picture up on Monday after a blogger for the Website Americablog wrote about telltale discrepancies.

He says the photographer was showing off his Photoshop skills and there was no ill intent.

Mr. Dean says BP has ordered workers to use Photoshop only for things like colour correction, cropping and removing glare.


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