Is there a "best" focal distance for any given lens?

First the terms I'm using:

distance = how far the camera is from the object (roughly where the photographer's VF is , not the lens front / back / sensor specifics) in this case 24" and 48"

proportion = how big the object is in relation to the image area

print (output) size = 8.5 x13" @360ppi image as a constant

viewer distance = 1.5x the print diagonal as a constant (in this case app. 24")

Now the question using those terms:

**how do you judge the ideal lens at which ideal distance to get the ideal proportion? Or to reiterate, is there a "best" distance for any lens?**

I ask because, to my eye, the "close" image below the object (the point of the rocks) looks out of proportion to the entire image and the "far" image seems better and the "farther" image most accurate / correct / proportioned. Subjective, I know, but it got me thinking about this...

The examples (K20 with A 50 f/1.7), @ 100%:

**from 24"** **from 48" ** **and from 72"**
Brian