Solitary Trees of California in Infrared Captures Striking, Desolate Beauty


Photo Credit: Nathan Wirth

Photographer Nathan Wirth, based in San Francisco, California, recently shared a portfolio of infrared photographs on Behance in a project entitled, Infrared Silence – Three. The entire series is strikingly beautiful, and somewhat haunting, but particularly these solitary trees of California. The study of landscapes of Marin and Sonoma counties in Northern California, were all taken using an infrared converted Sony Alpha 100 camera and processed with Photoshop CS6 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

Wirth captures “slices of silence” in his on-going series of desolate landscapes. The striking black and white images depict solitary trees on rolling hills, with marbled-gray skies often casting ominous backdrops over grassy knolls.

His photos are divided into three series, all under the name Infrared Silence. The distinctive look is created by the infrared-converted camera, making what once were low-light scenes and drab skies take on a striking visual presence, almost as if they’re not of this world.

Pictured above is “Oak II” in Novato, California. You can view more on his website at, A Slice of Silence Photography/Facebook and

Hamilton I—The Hills of Marin County, California


White Tree XI—The Hills of Solano County, California


Oak – Novato, California


Tree & Single Cloud—Marin County Hills, California


A Poet’s Tree, Study Number II—Deer Island, Novato, California