For landscape photography: Where do I focus for lake or river scenes?

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For landscape photography: Where do I focus for lake or river scenes?
Jun 7, 2013

Most of my landscape photography, I can usually find some object (tree, rock, fence post, etc.) at some distance to focus upon. With a small aperture like f/16, I achieve good depth of field (my ultimate desire.) Lately, however, I have been visiting lakes and rivers, and no object exists at any near distance. The scene is just an expanse of water with a distant shore. Should I follow the conventional rule and focus 1/3 of the way into the scene, or should I focus on the distant shore? Any suggestions?

Information: Cropped sensor Nikon D300S with a 24-120mm (full-frame) lens

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Nikon D300S Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR +11 more
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