Originally Posted by Old Boat Guy
... The DoF is bad in this image but getting it right would only make this one worse. The stamped indexing lever looks much worse in this image than it does to the eye. The second one at a slight angle looks much better but the rough edges are still there for all to see. (as is the DoF problem I am having)
If you focus on the front, the back will be out of focus. Backing up a little and shooting the subject at an angle mixed up the focus a little, so the DoF was probably more centered around the subject.