>Good observation on the carpet. I was looking at that >keyboard just behind and left of the subject, thinking that >seemed to be more in the vicinity of focus.
I think you both are right (if I percieve the image correctly).
As I see it, the drummer is kneeling and the photographer was standing. If that's the case then the camera is pointed down at about a 20 degree angle, placing the plane of focus at angle instead of perpendicular to the floor.
If thats the case then with image 1009, if the focus point was placed where the red dot indicated then the focus plane would extend from the floor just in front of the drummer through his mid-section to the top of the keyboard support beam.
Again if that is the case then with the narrow DOF it would indicate a short coming in technique and not a camera error/fault.