Set your alarm and rise before the sun does. As the sun peeks above the horizon the first rays of fill the landscape with warmth. With the sun low, light rays pass obliquely through a lot of atmosphere, shorter wavelengths (blue end of spectrum) are filtered out creating beautiful orange-yellow tones.
The cooler temperatures of early morning often produce mist that scatters more light and adds atmosphere.
Just how early you need to get up and how much ‘sunrise’ time you get will depend on where you are in the world and the season.
Getting up for a sunrise on a cold winter’s day is hard but at least you don’t need to get up quite so early.
Sunrises and sunsets happen very quickly near the equator so you should have the camera settings figured out in advance. On the other hand at more extreme latitudes you might have time for a serve of Rollmop Herrings and a litre of Carlsberg (probably best avoided for breakfast).
On sunny days landscapes are rarely at their best near midday as the light is harsh, coming directly from above. If you’re not feeling quite keen enough to rise at the ‘Crack of Dawn’, then late afternoon is second best.