I love taking photographs at night in the winter. I don’t the the process as much as the results. The cold dry air yields incredibly sharp results and when it is really cold out, the water vapor form building leaves a thick lingering streak in the sky. The video below was filmed on January 3rd using a Sigma 50mm 1.4 and a Canon 5D Mark II.
As far as the video capture goes, I opted to film a 30 FPS and speed up the video in Premiere. (The other method is to use an intervalometer and combine the photos in post.) This method works great when the source footage is short (less than 10 minutes long) and generally gives smoother results. The only downside is that you generate significantly more footage than you will use and it takes a long time to process in post. All of the source clips in this film are played at 5x to 50x their real time speed.
If you are interested in using the source footage, you may be able to find it on iStockPhoto or you may contact me directly.