#1 works best for me, but not having something in focus to draw my eye is fatiguing to look at for any length of time. Particularly when the subject can be identified as in this shot, as opposed to a more abstract rendering.
I like the concept though.
That's my point. When I see something that I just don't get, I figure it's just something that doesn't appeal to me, or is a subject I don't understand. Either way, not the photographers fault, obviously Tami thought it was interesting enough to pursue.
There's no reason to just drop in a one liner critique, it doesn't help you understand the image and does not help the photographer improve.
Personally, I immediately thought of how I expect to be in both locations. The beach I want to have clear thoughts and relaxation. So #1 does not work for me. #2 speaks to me completely. I work in Washington DC and the hussle and bussle of city life blurs the mind and senses. So #2 is my favorite. I love the idea you came up with. Is it possible to see the quality in an out of focus picture? The Bokeh is smooth and the colors are wonderful in my eyes. Nicely done. I could see an in focus picture of the beach and your, out of focus city, and it would completely speak to me. For what its worth... thats my 2 cents.