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A garden retreat and a rainforest cottage give plenty of Dorrigo accommodation options for visitors to the NSW Mid North Coast
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Five remote Aussie restaurants you have to try

Five remote Aussie restaurants you have to try | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
IF WE asked you to name your top five restaurants in Australia what would they be? There’s Rockpool, Quay and Momofuku Seibo in Sydney, and MoVida and Cutler & Co. in Melbourne to name but a few.
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None of these is in Dorrigo, but if you're coming from Queensland to visit us, you could sample a wonderful lunch at Newrybar.

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Silence is the latest trend in luxury resorts

Silence is the latest trend in luxury resorts | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
People will pay a lot of money for some peace and quiet.
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And when you stay at Mount Christopherson you really don't have to pay all that much, but you certainly get the peace and quiet,

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Budget Plan for Mini Vacation - Weekend Getaway

Budget Plan for Mini Vacation - Weekend Getaway | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
Vacation time is a time to enjoy and relax. While some prefer to go on long breaks there are a few who prefer mini vacations! Mini vacations or weekend getaways completely refresh a person and make him/her feel geared up for work as well. However, frequent vacations may sometimes cause a hole... http://theturbulencetraining.com/budget-plan-for-mini-vacation-weekend-getaway.html
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Never use lack of money as an excuse not to enjoy yourself! There are so many free and low cost ways to do it.
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500px / Blog / Cabin In The Woods

500px / Blog / Cabin In The Woods | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
“Low on photo ideas or don’t know what to shoot next? Reignite your muse with our new weekly photo series, introducing you to many different styles and ideas around one photo subject.”
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Wow, what beautiful getaways. We have rainforest, not woods, but #MountChristopherson is just as beautiful a getaway.
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A New Year’s Checklist for Travelers

A New Year’s Checklist for Travelers | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
Following these five steps could set you on the path to a smoother travel year in 2014.
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Does this all sound way too complicated?  Simplify your year in 2014 and take a leisurely drive to somewhere nearby, where you can walk among the rainforest, watch the native wildlife and simply chill out.  Somewhere like #MountChristopherson in #Dorrigo

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Digital photo editing – how much is too much? | Getaway Travel Blog

Digital photo editing – how much is too much? | Getaway Travel Blog | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it

One question I’m often asked when presenting workshops or doing talks on photography is how much digital image manipulation should be allowed. How much is too much? It’s pretty safe to say that as long as photography has been around, photographers have been enhancing or manipulating their images. The great masters of black-and-white photography – people such as Ansel Adams – spent their lives in the darkroom, dodging and burning prints to create the masterpieces we know and love. With the advent of digital photography this tweaking has become ubiquitous. That said, does the fact that everyone is doing it necessarily make it right?

Over the years I’ve come to a relatively comfortable place regarding image manipulation. Ultimately, it’s up to the artist or photographer how much they want to adjust their pictures. Most importantly, you need to be in control of what you’re doing and while I’m advocating that photographers are free to do as they please, I’m not advocating this be done badly or, worse, by mistake. Too often I see portfolios (or am asked to judge competitions) where photographers have simply over-processed their shots. It can be so bad that potentially award-winning images are ruined by over-manipulation and over-processing.

So how much is enough? Personally, I try to portray reality or a version of reality that conveys the emotions and experiences I felt when I was taking the photograph. After all, great photography is really a narrative in another form. The slightest tweaks to colour balance, saturation and vibrancy are all that I allow myself. Occasionally I convert an image to black-and-white for impact or stitch multiple individual images into a panorama when the subject requires it.


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Actually, I never spend time digitally enhancing our photos.  They are so beautiful with nothing at all done to them, although I do wish I had a better camera!  I just don't have the time to play around with them.

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When it comes to over editing, sometimes it's the computer screen, sometimes our eyes and then sometimes we get over zealous with our decisions. Figuring out the dynamic between what you like and what looks good as a filter or color enhancer...will be up to you.

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This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
Australia's Giant Grass Designs created this gorgeous (f)route POD tent by hand, using bamboo and recycled/salvaged materials.
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Now this could be just what we need when expanding our accommodation options at #MountChristopherson

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Luxury holiday rentals come with price tags higher than most people's mortgages - NEWS.com.au

Luxury holiday rentals come with price tags higher than most people's mortgages - NEWS.com.au | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
Luxury holiday rentals come with price tags higher than most people's mortgages NEWS.com.au FAMILIES desperate for a break away from the daily grind are forking out up to $40,000 a week to stay in some of Australia's most exclusive holiday rentals...
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Well, you won't be paying $40,000 per week to stay at Mount Christopherson.  And you won't get the luxury that these places offer. But if you're looking for seclusion, peace and quiet, in gorgeous natural surroundings, we have it all!

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3 Secrets to Enjoying a Spontaneous Getaway with the Kids - Babble

3 Secrets to Enjoying a Spontaneous Getaway with the Kids - Babble | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
“3 Secrets to Enjoying a Spontaneous Getaway with the Kids Babble Some of my favorite travel stories start out with me being completely lost in a new place. Before I had kids I thrived off spontaneous getaways.”
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This is a great way to go if you're travelling the popular routes. Driving into #CoffsHarbour you will find plenty of places to stay. But if you want somewhere more special and off the beaten path, you really must research.
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Girls’ Getaway: Scrapbooking

Girls’ Getaway: Scrapbooking | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
By Karen Hendricks Photos have a wonderful way of reconnecting us to treasured moments, past events and important people in our lives. But as a busy mom, I am guilty—like most of you too, I imagine...
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Who likes scrapbooking?  It's a bit like Social Media - once you get hooked, time just disappears!

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73-Year-Old Man Creates Beautiful Paintings on Excel Spreadsheets

73-Year-Old Man Creates Beautiful Paintings on Excel Spreadsheets | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
While most digital artists opt to use Photoshop or some other similar software, 73-year-old Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi chooses to work with Microsoft Exc…

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I cannot imagine how he does this - it seems to be a much lovelier use of Excel than the usual!

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Host a girls-only getaway - SheKnows.com

Host a girls-only getaway - SheKnows.com | Mount Christopherson | Scoop.it
There's no substitute for enjoying your girlfriends in person. Make time to connect with your besties by hosting a girls-only getaway.
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What a great idea for Mount Christopherson Retreat!  Maybe not the shopping, but the yoga, outdoors, cooking etc - it would all work so well!

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