Let me start by saying I am not a morning person... You can quote me on this.
I spent the last week in northern Minnesota where the daily high reached -5F and had forgotten how crisp and refreshing the air feels, but more importantly had forgotten a great advantage to an extremely cold sunrise.
Sun dogs scientific name parhelia, are an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either side on the sun, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere often co-occurring with a luminous ring. (from wikipedia.org)
Knowing your environment in any situation is the best way to achieve remarkable photographs. With this image, the cold morning (-19F!) provided the perfect atmosphere to capture sun dogs at sunrise. I received the best results waiting until the sun reached fully above the horizon line; underexposing the image by 1 stop.
Now spending long periods
of time in below zero temperatures is not recommended. Using Tamron's vibration compensation was perfect for hand holding, allowing me to stay safely within my warm vehicle, coffee in hand.
Canon 70D Tamron SP AF 15-30mm F2.8 VC USD @ F22 1/50sec ISO 100
This image depicts the open farm country in northern Minnesota and hopefully the frigid temperatures so often reported on the weather channel. I travel all over the United States for Tamron. Sometimes the best photographs are the ones you can capture in your own backyard.