What a Diff’rence a Crop Makes

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


March 22, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California

What a diff’rence a crop made

Ten percent’s left of pixels

And to pixels that were nixel’d —

You’ll be mourned; but this is unadorned


Though panorama has attraction

There is soul in abstraction

We see only a fraction

But the essence is clear


Oh, what a diff’rence a crop makes

Form and tone lay before me

Skies above are not stormy

Since that moment of bliss

The cropper’s kiss


It’s heaven when you

Find abstraction on your menu

What a diff’rence a crop made

And a diff’rence in hue



Be well. Do good. Create.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

The Author

California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at www.amagaphoto.com All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Wonderful word! Can you put that to music also? Thanks for the reminder that changing our perspective can change our narrative and the our outlook on all things.

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  2. Oh, those lyrics, and the diff’rence is you. The second stanza stands on its own, outside of parody:

    Though panorama has attraction
    There is soul in abstraction
    We see only a fraction
    But the essence is clear

    As soon as I saw your title I got the reference to the song, despite not having heard it in decades. It feels strange to think back to 1959. Were we really alive then?

    I don’t believe I knew till now that the song’s original words were in Spanish: “Quando vuelva a tu lado” (“When I’m by your side again”).


    Nor did I recognize I recognize the name of the songwriter, María Grever, who “was the first female Mexican composer to achieve international acclaim”:


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  3. To be with the world…while cropping discrimination and easing away labels (pixels)…what relationship would one have with your ocean? Would a visitor experience more clarity within memories of multiple sounds (gentle roar of the waves, rhythms of wind on my face) and various textures of sand and moisture while eyes traveled to an imagined horizon through tones of blues and whites? Would I then find myself riding upon whiteness before my brain interrupted with, “a small white cloud above the horizon.” Thank you, Michael. I enjoyed my mental escape from today’s reality.

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    • Thanks very much. It just all came together. I found myself hearing my new lyrics of a favorite song while working on the picture, so I had to complete the job by paralleling the rest of the original lyrics.

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