I did manage to pop outside the car at the Cohoes Falls overlook just long enough for my fingers to freeze and to grab a few bracketed sequences. I'm going to try to get back to using the 45mm Tamron lens over the holiday period but will also carry my ultra wide zoom which covers the 17mm to 40mm range.
Not being able to zoom any further than 45mm created the compositional problem of needing to minimize the cloudless sky while also minimizing the chain link fence in the foreground. There are limits to what you can do with a standard prime lens in a scenic situation.
The second image was cropped a bit in the process of leveling out a somewhat tilted perspective.