Is it Cheating to Sharpen Eyes that Are Out of Focus?

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Is it Cheating to Sharpen Eyes that Are Out of Focus?
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Hi Everyone:

My style of portraiture is to present subjects in a somewhat indistinct fashion. I accomplish this by using a narrow DOF and vintage lenses. But I do insist that at least one eye be sharp. I get about 75% of my images within those parameters, but occasionally miss focus and yet have what might otherwise be a keeper, such as the picture below. I missed focus on both eyes but sharpened them using Topaz Sharpen AI. Now an astute photographer would look at the original and see that my actual point of focus is elsewhere. To save the image, would you resort to sharpening the eyes, or do you consider that falling short of your standards?

-Charles

Original (Pre-Sharpening)

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