Mark Castellucci’s photography background is similar to others in this club. He began with a Kodak Instamatic while in elementary school, but his first “real” camera, which he got while in high school, was an Olympus OM1N. Later, an OM2N was used. Mark still has the OM's, but they are pretty much retired.
Mark helped his father, an avid photographer, build a darkroom in the family’s garage, complete with plumbing. His father encouraged the pursuit of photography and even joined him at the Nikon School of Photography. While in high school, Mark was the yearbook photographer, working almost exclusively in black-and-white. Also while still in high school, Mark won “Best of Show” at the local fair and there was no turning back.
Between undergraduate and graduate studies, Mark took a several-months trip to Europe, with a focus on photography. You will see several of his images from that trip in his photo gallery. After a hiatus from serious photography, to put more focus on raising a family and growing a business, Mark has re-joined the world of photography.
Due to “brand loyalty,” Mark started his foray into the digital SLR world with an Olympus E-500 (14-45mm and 40-150mm lenses). He now uses Olympus E-620 bodies, most often with his four favorite Olympus Zuiko lenses (multiply by 2 for full-frame equivalent): 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6; 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0; 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5; 50mm f/2.0 macro. For bad weather, portability and back-up, Mark also carries a put-it-in-your-shirt-pocket Olympus Stylus 710 all-weather camera.
Mark's photo gallery is here: http://www.photoclubofdavis.org/PhotoAlbum.cfm?AlbumID=5082
A bit of Mark's philosophy on Photography is at "Why Photography".
More of Mark's photos are at www.flickr.com/photos/castellucci/sets