Of course when you have a dancer who can jump you use her to do the obligatory jumping on the beach shot. And if you can get a seagull in the shot... as well as some setting sun brushing the top of a wave... wellll... all the better. This was a difficult thing that I asked her to do: Jump and throw the hair at the same time. She is an incredible model.
Two strobes on stands. One to the left of me and one on the right. The right strobe (fill) is 1 stop less than the main strobe on the left. It is quite close to me - about a foot to the right. The main light is quite a bit to the left, coming straight onto her and it is 1/2 stop less than the sun. So sun exposure is 1/2 stop over the main strobe, and 1.5 over the fill strobe. I shot at the main strobe setting.
I have her at a precise point (seaweed marks the spot) so I am not worried about the strobes being too bright or dark. She jumps in the same spot. I see a lot of these kinds of shots where the strobe looks so manipulated, or overly bright and course. I want the light I add to look as natural as possible. Finessing the light can go a long way toward making a shot like this look natural. I like the little things it does, like the highlight on her right thigh from the fill strobe, and the subtle highlight down her calf. It lets the shadow and highlight work together to create dimension instead of just blowing it out with the strobe. There's a time for that look, but this time I went for subtle.