Teenage Runaway - A Parents Nightmare

© Heather K. McFarland

Teenage Runaway - A Parents Nightmare

Andy Robinson 10/28/2007 9:08:26 PM

Great image! Love the tones, emotion and mood! #773199

Cindy Bendush 10/28/2007 10:41:52 PM

Good for you for portraying something few want to see in order to call attention to this teen plight Heather. And, kudos to your son for such a job well done modeling - great expression! #4997429

Jennifer L. Alder 10/29/2007 2:35:59 AM

I AGREE! Very touching image, Heather!
The comp and treatment here are fantastic
Very well done #4998057

Megan p 10/29/2007 6:07:09 AM

This is excellent!! I am not there yet with teenagers, but gosh this hits home! well done! #4999020

Linda D. Lester 11/4/2007 5:21:24 AM

Excellent shot....It is so sad to think they want to run away! Also there are always two sides to every story! Which is sad too. Great job! #5025877

Murry Grigsby 11/14/2007 5:17:11 PM

Great idea, setup and image Heather! Your son's pose is very well done also. I hope your photo and hard work will keep at least one child home with family but better yet a whole bunch? #5074701

"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar 11/16/2007 7:34:01 AM

wow! the treatment is superb! may I know the filter you used on this one, Heather? thanks. #5082095

"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar 11/16/2007 7:34:05 AM

wow! the treatment is superb! may I know the filter you used on this one, Heather? thanks. #5082096

Heather K. McFarland 11/16/2007 1:44:31 PM

No filter was used at all Nolax. It is an HDR image. Meaning I took 3 different exposures on a tripod ( EV's -2, 0, +2), only one with my son in it. Then combined the 3 exposures with Photomatix and other work in PS. #5083606

Heather K. McFarland 11/16/2007 1:45:00 PM

Oh and I forgot. I did use the Dragan action on the image also. #5083612

Margot Petrowski 11/26/2007 3:43:58 PM

Congrats....wonderful and thought-provoking!!! #5127604

Melissa Olsen 11/26/2007 3:58:09 PM

Congrats Heather, I love this image!! #5127811

Kay E. Mahoney 11/26/2007 4:11:16 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Heather. #5128046

anonymous 11/26/2007 4:19:34 PM

Congratulations Heather on your finalist! B- #5128197

Cynthia L. Deters 11/26/2007 5:35:01 PM

Great story. Wonderful idea. Congrats on the finalist! #5129437

Wende Trew 11/26/2007 5:57:15 PM

This is soooo AWESOME and very moving image to me! Congrats on a well deserved finalist!!! #5129769

Wende Trew 11/26/2007 6:06:10 PM

Very poignant image Heather. It's beautifully done. Congrats on this well deserved finalist. #5129954

Cary Rogers 11/26/2007 6:13:56 PM

Congratulation on this Finalist, Heather! Great lighting, textures, composition, and earthy colors! #5130105

Megan p 11/26/2007 6:37:38 PM

Congratulations Heather!!! #5130505

Terry L. Ellis 11/26/2007 7:14:12 PM

A compelling finalist, Heather! Huge congratulations! #5131053

Lindley Johnson 11/26/2007 7:15:35 PM

Excellent image, Heather, with an important message. Nicely conceived and executed. Your son did a great job, too. Congratulations on your finalist. #5131074

Kathy L. Clark 11/26/2007 7:29:53 PM

Heather this is such a wonderful image. Very well deserving as a finalist. Congrats my friend. #5131283

Amanda Chapman 11/26/2007 7:53:49 PM

P O W E R F U L !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deserves to be sitting in the finalist seat!
The clarity & definition is perfect! #5131634

Erin Tyler 11/27/2007 6:17:57 AM

Congratulations on your finalist! #5134530

Nadya Johnson 11/27/2007 9:15:58 AM

Awesome photo Heather, and the message is compelling! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist! #5135667

Karen Engelbreth 11/27/2007 10:57:06 AM

Congratulations Heather! #5136272

Jennifer Rennison 11/27/2007 1:27:44 PM

Very moving, emotional image, Heather!! Excellent work, congratulations on your finalist! #5137041

Mike Umbreit 11/27/2007 3:14:14 PM

Heather - Congratulations on your finalist! - Mike #5137620

Jeff W. Robinson 11/27/2007 3:16:53 PM

A powerful image Heather and a very well deserved Finalist! Great Job! Jeff #5137641

Linda Blair 11/28/2007 3:44:03 PM

Soooo powerful...a big congrats on this finalist!!!!! ☺ #5144224

Luca Diana 12/10/2007 11:17:38 AM

Thanks for this wonderful shot, Heather, and the great caption.

Luca
www.lucadiana.net #5191993

Richard D. Amelio 12/11/2007 5:05:16 AM

Very Very creative, another great job #5195146

Lisa J. Boulden 12/26/2007 9:43:34 AM

Such a powerful image, Heather!
Creative and so very well-captured!
--Lisa #5254846

Carolyn M. DAlessandro 7/2/2008 6:05:10 AM

I totally agree with you Heather,I also have a son whom I feel blessed knowing he is well...but it has become epidemic what is happening with our children. Your image is outstanding, powerful, and well done!! #6131946

Lynn Haack 8/24/2008 5:44:26 PM

Just enjoying a stroll through your amazing gallery.....this one really touched my heart. Amazing emotion in this image...your son and you did an excellent job! My son's friend ran away and stayed in an abandoned shack for days. His family was frantic! The story does not turn out well....he went on to commit a robbery (not at all in his nature.) Illegal drugs.....destroys so many lives. #6361385

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Description

A recent story of a teenage runaway touched me deeply. It would be a nightmare for me not to know where my son was staying or sleeping, or if he was safe, fed and warm. Many teens think they are running to a better place and a better life with no rules, yet end up living in fear and squalor unable to get back home. I asked my son to model for me in an old abandoned cabin to create an image that shows how many runaway teens end up living. I hope that someone thinking of running sees this image and decides to stay home with their families who love them. I have mixed emotions seeing my son in this image. I feel extremely lucky that he is a happy, healthy teenager and thank God, that he is safe and warm here with us. On the other hand, my heart breaks for all those parents who do not know where their child is tonight.

Uploaded on 10/28/2007 7:03:26 PM

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Camera: Nikon D1X Digital SLR Camera

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist


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