While I was down at the Plaza de Cibeles taking photo after photo, my camera eventually gave up on me when the battery died. The low battery warning had been present for some time, and so I had been pushing my luck with each new photo. It’s a common nuisance I usually get in the evenings after I’ve been out using the camera all day long, but it was never as big a problem in the old days when I used a camera powered by AA batteries. Just bring spares (although I must have gone through several pairs of the damn things over the course of a day’s photography).
I’m sure you (presumably as a Flickr user, you also use a camera frequently) encounter this situation more often than you’d like to, and for users of rechargeable battery powered cameras, a lack of juice in your device is often a much greater inconvenience. Where can you recharge a camera when you’re out and about? Even in cities, God knows where the next publicly accessible plug socket is going to be.
So, at least in the case of tourism, remedying this situation often means a break in your sightseeing / photography work, and a quick trip back to your hotel (provided it’s not too far out of your way) where you know there’s at least one spare plug socket available in your room for you to recharge your camera in. Luckily on this occasion, my hotel was just up the road from the Plaza, which brings me back here again – Sevilla, the Madrid metro station with an entrance just outside the door to my hotel. Taken on 5 February 2012.