This magnificent photo is a marvelous example of when the absolute focus should not be on the nearest eye of a portrait/face, as is usually the case.

In this photo, the focus is on the farthest eye. Why? Because the subject is looking in that direction and that eye sets the tone of his gaze. It is not because the right eye and side of his face is darker. Even if evenly lit, the focus would still work best (best convey the subject's expression) when placed on the right eye.

This photo was made with a Messraster-equipped, 2 1/4" square Hasselblad camera and first really opens, showing its full magnificence when enlarged much larger.

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