About me


Hello, who are you?

Hi, my name is Ruben, I'm Italian but I've been living in Tokyo for almost two years now.

When did you start taking photos and why?

I've always liked to take photos, however it was only when I bought my first SLR (a Nikon D80) few months ago and started experimenting with that big & heavy camera that I realized I was going to be sucked in that "new world".

Why ReallyJapan?

Oh.. I've found that this domain was free in january 2008 and registered it..
However the question at that time was: what I'm going to do with this domain?
So, for many months this website was just a blank page.. But as soon as I discovered the photoblogging world I said: Yeah, let's do it!

Do you have a formal training?

I've never had any formal training in photography, and to be honest I don't think too much about technique and composition when I take my photos.
Of course, I know that a good composition and a good technique can really make the difference, however those things are not my priority right now.

So, tell me your priorities..

Have Good Time, Exploring!
Yes, basically it's just that.. I usually shoot at the end of a working day, coming back home, sometimes I'm tired or maybe stressed. And photography is a great thing to relieve the stress.
I like Japan, mainly because it's just two years I'm living here and there are a lot of hidden places waiting to be discovered. Tokyo is huge, and its urban landscape is incredibly various, going from hi-tech glass & steel skyscrapers to really decadent old wooden houses covered by broken air conditioners.
I like to wander around, getting lost and exploring the narrow, dirty streets of Tokyo. For me photography is not just taking a good photo, it's more about the excitement I felt discovering a hidden view, a forgotten detail or an interesting moment on the streets.

What's your equipment?

Ok, my camera is a Nikon D80
My lenses (from the most to the least used):
Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR This is an incredible lens.. The quality of this lens is very good, it goes from 18 to 200 and well, it's VR.. and VR really works! Great purchase.
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Although not so sharp as the 50mm Nikkor it's incredibly fast and very handy for street shots. Taking photos at 1/30 and f/1.4 (with no tripod) is incredible, you can capture the lights even in the darkest street. Great lens imo.
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 - Ok I love, completely Love this one.. is so fast you can take photos almost anywhere, and incredibly sharp.. also is small, so extremely useful for street photography
Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G - Pretty slow, and well, it's a lenskit.. Not using this lens often
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 - It's very funny to use, extremely wide.. however is not so easy to take great photos with this lens.. you have to be incredibly near your subject..
Some other equipment:A cheap polarizer, a MacBook (the black one) and Lightroom. Sometimes photoshop to finish the photo before uploading.

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Anyway, if you want to ask me something just send me an email, ok? Ruben

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