Mr. Jaynes, thank you very much. If you don't mind, I would like to clarify on the focusing technique you are talking about. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Using my 18mm at F11, while in AF-S focus mode, I can basically focus on my shoe (I am 6' 4" tall) by pressing the shutter button half way down to lock the focus. After that, I simply re-adjust the camera to frame my desired shot. Because the focus point of my shoe was approx 4.7' (I would bend down a bit), that is going to be where the camera attempts to focus during my newly framed shot, regardless of if there is a physical object to focus on or not in the recomposed image?
Assuming I am correct (and I could be WAY off), in my picture, 2.35' (hyperfocal of 4.7 - half that distance) to infinity would be in acceptable focus?
Another question (again, thank you SO much for your assistance and clarification) would be, why would I need (or want) to switch the lens to manual focus after pressing the shutter half way down to initially lock the focus? I am not understanding and I am sure there is a reason.
A final question is, once the shot is focused and I recompose (I am also assuming recomposing simply means reframing the image in the viewfinder) can I take multiple shots without needing to refocus on something at the hyperfocal distance between actual shots. Or, is that what switching the manual setting after the initial focus lock will do for me. Once I initially lock the focus, if I change to the manual setting on the lens, it will keep that focus distance for as many shots as I intend to take?
To answer another question of yours, my wife occasionally uses the LCD to frame, but she believes the viewfinder, not the LCD, is too small.
Mr. Jaynes, thank you VERY much for your time and sharing your knowledge. I appreciate it very much.