KeepTurningLeft Season 6 part 1 Winter on the Humber beyond the bridge

The Humber is a mighty body of water where the silty tides run at up to six knots. But not all the time. At high tide it becomes a placid lake fifteen miles long and three wide. At low tid,  beyond the bridge,  it braids into scores of shallow channels that sparkle in the low winter light.

The Humber is also famous for the dense caprice of its rolling fog banks which can engulf you within minutes of appearing. Bright sunshine one second - visibility down to a few yards the next.

I spent a lovely winter on the Humber, long nights, cold days... just the boat and the overwintering birds.

Beyond the Bridge is 26 minutes long and was filmed entirely between the Humber Bridge and Trent Falls during the winter of 2011/12.






On a PC you right click on the link and save as...

on an ipad you turn around three times with your fingers crossed

127mb tiny mp4 dur 26 mins for smart phones and bandwidth challenged

582 mb 480 p mp4 ideal for cheap laptops and good tablets

877 mb 720p download  suitable for great tablets, good laptops, decent desktops






and finally - if all else fails here is the youtube version


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This is about KTL 6: Humber to the Forth, Sailing around Britain.

28 Responses to “KeepTurningLeft Season 6 part 1 Winter on the Humber beyond the bridge”

  1. 1 December, 2014 at 10:09 pmTomH says:

    Hi Dylan

    Great that you’re starting to publish KTL6 – our Winter here will be improved greatly. Many thanks for giving me and lots of others a reprieve – at last.

    Downloaded the 720p version to my PC — slightly less than 5 mins

    Playing on my 23″, 1920×1080 LED screen – in a window approx 1/3 of the overall screen size – I was getting a slight (brief) “jiggle” throughout the video. The juggle, which had a duration of prox 1 second, had a period of approx 10 seconds – which persisted very uniformly. If zooming or fast panning masked a jiggle event I could actually predict the next occurrence by watching the sweep second hand of the onscreen PC clock.

    Was great to see KTL6 come alive.

    Salem, Mass. USA

  2. 1 December, 2014 at 10:19 pmdylan winter says:


    thanks for the feedback Tom

    what player are you using?

    do you want to try downloading one of the lower res ones and see if that works

    it might be a display incompatibility

    I got this from Jan

    Hi Dylan

    Downloaded the 720 version and it looked magnificent at 42”, especially the fog!

    Feedback on the videos, I love the sailing and photography, but miss the documentary style and information about the local area you are sailing in.

    Very interesting to see Wedjit of Maldon as you motored out of the moorings, easy to recognise because of the unusual leeboards . She was at the Blackwater Sailing Club for years, and was put back in the water a year or so back and now we know where she ended up.

  3. 1 December, 2014 at 10:57 pmTomH says:

    Was using Windows Media Player

    Watched on YouTube and did not see the same pattern

    Viewed on My PC using VLC Media Player – again did not see the same pattern.

    Maybe just the WMP for me.

    Jan has a great funny bone ;) (re: “especially the fog!”)

    Keep the tea lights burning!


  4. 2 December, 2014 at 8:13 amhenrik scheel says:

    Nice movie D. Was it filmed in 1080P or did you use up scaling from 720P? Looking forward to file 2 coming up. I did download at 10 megabit max which was not a lot but ok. What connection do you have when using 12 hours to upload 1 gigabyte? I found the underlying music a bit too loud compared to the parallel natural sounds. Normally you tend to balance music volume to natural sounds very well.
    I also saw the pattern they mention above, especially on the red sail. Maybe the conversion is not good enough? 900 mb for 13 minutes is not a lot. Many of the good 1080P films I download are about 30 Gb for 120 minutes ie. 3,25 Gb for 13 minutes. It all comes down to how much loss of information is accepted when setting up the conversion of the file.

  5. 2 December, 2014 at 8:30 amdylan winter says:


    it was all shot and mastered in HD. However, I did have to compress it a fair bit to get it under a gig. I am not sure there is a way around that. The 720p seems to be the best compromise at the moment. Music balance is hard to get right – to make it so that it works on laptops and big computers. The compression tendsto bring the background noises up whereas on big screens such as yours the balance changes in favour of the deeper tones

    I will keep an eye on the feedback

    the second part is uploaded and is ready to roll. The bandwidth here is terrible..

    so H, do you fancy downloading the 720p and tell me if you can see the difference. I fear that the 720p might be the way that most people will want to watch it. The full 1080 really makes the machinery work hard and I end up cimpressing it so much thatyou get the artifacts you report.


  6. 2 December, 2014 at 2:58 pmChris says:

    Cheers Dylan,

    Downloaded 720p version fine, no worries with the wobbles on VLC player, fine on Android Smart Phone and Tablet at this res. as well. If OK I’ll send a single bigger ‘donation’ to the cause later. Media Steaming 1080p around the house might well make some devices earn their keep.

    Looking forward to further instalments and getting full value out of my Virgin Media Broadband connection, this month.

  7. 2 December, 2014 at 3:20 pmdylan winter says:

    perfect feedback chris – just cough up on the ones you really like – that will be useful feedback

    let me know if the 1080 is worth the effort for you guys – for me it is a bit of an effort heavy lifting all those digits around

    I can only upload a gig at a time from here – it takes about 12 hours to upload a gig and then amazon closes the door on me.

  8. 2 December, 2014 at 4:07 pmMike M says:

    Hi Dylan,
    Thanks for a great film. The 720p version works fine on my PC with WMP, am I the only one to notice, but the 127 mb link seems to point to the 1080p version. Looking forward to the rest of KTL6


  9. 2 December, 2014 at 5:29 pmHenrik Scheel says:

    Having compared part-1a 720P to 1080P. There is quite a difference. The 1080P is sharper and gives a crispier image and crispier colors. Especially the mud, the mud looks more muddy and wet!
    The 720P picture is slightly blurred in comparison. For me it is worth the ekstra DL time. TV is a Samsung 51’ plasma F8505.

  10. 2 December, 2014 at 6:33 pmdylan winter says:

    If you are the only one H then I will burn the files onto a dvd and post them to you

  11. 2 December, 2014 at 7:03 pmHenrik Scheel says:

    Not that I can’t live with 720P versions, they are the ones I have had great times watching up until now. But I did not think the difference would be as obvious as it is. If you go with the 720p as max I’m in.

  12. 2 December, 2014 at 8:43 pmJulian says:

    Just downloading 720 format, the biggest one is way to much for my download speed and equipment.

  13. 2 December, 2014 at 8:52 pmdylan winter says:

    speed is not that important – as long as you plan – but try the dv – you did watch it on a bloomin smart phone today

  14. 2 December, 2014 at 8:57 pmJulian says:

    HaHa i was checking to see if the girl cooking from the other blog was featured in the film, sadly not. Very disappointing

  15. 2 December, 2014 at 9:04 pmJulian says:

    ….and in my defense it shows true enthusiasm not waiting till I get home before I watch the film?

  16. 2 December, 2014 at 9:40 pmAlan says:

    HI Dylan
    your films have lovely production qualities – those stop frame sequences and creeping waters and misty shots of the Humber are quite romantic. Just because they are familiar to us – and I’m originally a Lincolnshire yellow-belly – we tend to dismiss them as mundane, yet if they were somewhere abroad (and I deleted the word exotic for all its touristy connotations) we would be drooling.
    I wonder if your overseas subscribers get that feeling of exotica?
    As far as I know nobody is doing yacht charter on the Humber – in little ditch-crawlers – would be perfect but god-save us from the risk-assessments.
    I’ve only sailed around Essex/Suffolk for the last two years after decades up on the W coast of Scotland – and I’m captivated by the scenes you have portrayed. Except I’m still scared witless (euphemism) by the lack of depth!
    What’s next? Expect you are shackled to the laptop editing?

  17. 3 December, 2014 at 9:04 amPhil Sitch says:

    I do hope you continue with DVDs, I never downloaded any music or any film, I buy a CD or DVD, I will not use “the hole in the wall” or Internet banking. So please continue with the little silver discs for the few !
    Ps we pay for Virgin high speed connection and it often has little pauses on You tube, so no where near as fast as they suggest.

  18. 3 December, 2014 at 10:43 amdylan winter says:


    I believe that youtube puts those in deliberatly. if you watch you will see those little freezes in exactly the same place every time. If you listen to a music track from youtube it will pause at the same place. Cunning eh?

    I will carry on with the DVDs – I agree, there is something special about owning them…. but the Americans have pretty much quit buying them so maybe just Pal ones from here on in.

  19. 3 December, 2014 at 3:15 pmNigel Rudgewick-Brown says:

    Wow just watched the 1080P stunning!
    Much better than the 720P, I’d pay £6 for the extra definition ;-)

  20. 3 December, 2014 at 3:44 pmdylan winter says:

    that is two then – I have removed the link to keep the page simple – you now have a collectors item

    the link is here


    PS I thought you were at work

  21. 4 December, 2014 at 6:35 amDoug Randall says:

    Great to see KTL6 coming together… have been a huge fan of the HD content from the beginning. What happened to the “Part 1” and “Part 2” 1080P links? I got part 1, but the link for Part 2 never came in, and now they’re both gone. I can’t watch the 720 stuff, it has the stutters when I play through my Tivo streaming, but the 1080P is gorgeous and smooth… Gotta have part 2…

  22. 4 December, 2014 at 7:06 amDoug says:

    Love that KTL6 is coming together, have been a huge fan of the final HD content since the first ones. What happened to the Part 1 and Part 2 1080P links? I got Part 1 when it was up, but Part 2 never became a selectable link (still had note you were uploading), and now they’re both gone. I can’t watch the 720P format because although clear they have the stutters on my streaming Tivo, but the 1080P for the one half I have is smooth and absolutely gorgeous.

  23. 4 December, 2014 at 7:32 amdylan winter says:


    I had decided to not post the 1080 and just use it as an archive

    I will re-think that. Each gig takes the computer six hours to render and 12 hours to upload – but if the demand is there I will put it back and pay some attention to uploading it.


  24. 4 December, 2014 at 10:51 am[email protected] says:

    I did similar to Doug and then in the evening when I found it had gone tried to decipher your title as follows:
    I assumed it was part 2 and downloaded it from the link above, as it was a mainy fog the results weren’t terribly exciting and I did the playback only on laptop.
    So to get to the point my results are:
    A. Part 1. 1080p downloaded onto Seagate hard drive then usb into Samsung smart 32″ tele Bloody Brilliant (when played using home network, tele buffer seems too slow ((It does use Windows Media File to play – I think)) (((about 12 mins to download)))

    B. Part1 720p Brilliant on Laptop – Excellent on tele.

    C: Played part 1 from Youtube straight in smart tele – didn’t notice it was that poor before??? thought I’d seen decent HD stuff on there before but?

    A most noticeable point for comparison was “under the bridge” sharpness differences as lines receding was notable.

    Hope the above helps.

    Now you know why I signed myself off as Confused (Definitely Old Bloke) – I really ought to be doing something else …. Now what was it???

  25. 4 December, 2014 at 12:24 pmdylan winter says:

    wow B

    you really did go for it.

    I cannot see how to make the real HD stuff work financially/logistically

    the Ouse film is 45 mins and would need three gigs in HD – maybe I am doing something wrong in the compression department. Bandwidth costs at amazon would be 30 cents

    It will be interesting to see what happens to donations by the time I get to KTL 6 part 8. I assume that they will go through the floor. I think this may be another occasion where Google/youtube/adsense wins.

  26. 5 December, 2014 at 6:04 amDoug says:

    I do hope you can find a way to make the HD pay… I’ve been a long time conventional subscriber (I’d be more punctual on my renewals if the site told me when I was expired, it usually takes me a while to figure out I don’t have options I did in the past), and have also donated via PayPal. I certainly wouldn’t object to premium cost for niche consumers of premium content. The reason I think the HD is important even if it has to be delivered on media is that in addition to your great eye and sense of the light, your subject matter is all about the gradations… subtle shades… subtle transitions… whether clouds, fog, water or mud. These darn compression algorithms (like how YouTube handles HD) are maintaining some of the apparent sharpness by flattening all the shading out between nearby regions. When excessively compressed, we get super sharp images where the colors are flat and almost cartoon simple, nothing like the original. The color on the 1080 file really popped, even though I know that was compressed quite a bit.

  27. 5 December, 2014 at 8:49 amdylan winter says:

    thanks Doug – I am mastering the films in HD – and those will sit on my hard drive for making the dvd masters up

    I cannot create blue ray disks yet but it pans out at about a gb per fifteen minutes so I should be able to get an hour on a data dvd. Burning and bunging data disks in the post is cheap. I could compress it some more but the sailing material is hard to compress – there is a lot going on in the background – seas move, boats move, clouds are scudding, double chins are wobbling in the breeze. Much more movement than newsreaders or naked ladies.

    I hear what you say and will continue to master as HD so that it is on the hard disk and ready to roll when the technology shifts. I will probably send a set of disks to Bart to see if they are okay and then give him the amazon login details so that he can upload them on his superfast connection – although sending disks seems insane


  28. 17 May, 2015 at 9:00 pmJohn says:

    I’ve been up the Humber a few times but never beyond the bridge. I never thought of it as such a nice place. your films really do change my perspective of these industrial rivers.

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