At f8, there is an increasing depth of field, particularly beyond the main subject. The nearer post are still not in focus, but they are much clearer than in the first photograph. I find that this is not as satisfactory visually as the first photograph, being more of a distraction, rather than a a means of accentuating the subject. It is certainly of interest that the background has been thrown into sharper focus much more extensively than the foreground.
At the smallest aperture available to me, the depth of field has increased and now the 3rd stanchion is sharp. The first stanchion is still not acceptably sharp, though everything beyond the 3rd stanchion is now acceptably sharp. To me this shows that to ensure maximum sharpness throughout the photograph, as in a landscape, this is the aperture to use, though I would make my focal point possibly closer to the camera if the landscape required similar treatment.