"One of the challenges in photography is how to render a colorful world in, uhm, black-and-white. The challenge is to make the viewer fill in the blanks, so to speak - to make him see the colors in his mind while viewing a black-and-white photography, and most of all to be able to differentiate between the colors", says i-mag photography magazine about their Color in Black-and-White photo challenge.
I took up the challenge and was elated to see two of my photos included in their current issue (vol 2 number 12 issue 25).
Some photos are great for black and white conversion but they tend to show only, uhm, black and white. So I picked photos that showed the colors in different shades/tones of gray when converted to monochrome, and at the same time should also show rich blacks and striking whites.
My monochrome converted photo of lanterns inside a temple in Yeongjong Island (Incheon) in Korea made it to the top spot. Another image that got printed is a photo of a vinta (taken in Samal island, Davao) with its colorful flag against a backdrop of mid-morning summer sky.