Travel Photography

Why Do You Need to Double-Check Your Camera Before Leaving?

Because of my carelessness, I missed a lot of moments to shot

Cindy Roaming
3 min readDec 6, 2023

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On a cloudy Saturday, a soft breeze whispered through the air, and a sudden feeling urged me to explore my neighborhood. Without any plans, I just went with my instincts.

As I walked towards Reforma Street, I saw people carrying folding chairs. “Is there a parade on Reforma Street?” I pondered to myself. My curiosity was answered when I spotted a group adorned in amazing traditional costumes. Without hesitation, I made my way back to grab my camera.

Returning to Reforma, I stumbled upon a event staff and eagerly asked, “Disculpe, qué evento es?” “Excuse me, what event is this?”

It was Mexico Carnival which began at 2 p.m. Determined not to miss out, I waddled through the crowd, found a perfect spot, and grabbed my camera. Through my viewfinder, I noticed the battery had two bars remaining — but I wasn’t worried because I assumed I had a spare.

The festivities kicked off with vibrant music, lively dances, and a sea of participants. I was thrilled to capture the moment, I snapped a photo and hit record.

Suddenly, the battery died. I immediately switched to the spare, but tragedy struck; the other one, which I thought was full, only had three bars left. Oh, shoot! I had a feeling it wouldn’t last. And there I was, the empty battery warning popped up, and regret rushed over me as I missed out on capturing half the show due to my carelessness.

In the end, it gave me a lesson on the need to double-check before leaving. Always be prepared for the unexpected.

Here are the photos before the batteries run out:

Carnaval de Mexico 2023, Mexico City.
December 2, 2023

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Cindy Roaming

I write about my travel story, foods, and culture. Currently in Mexico City🇲🇽