There is a growing family of algorithms that treat/modify/enhance color information in its visual context, also known as
Spatial Color methods (e.g. Retinex or ACE). They produce results that, due to a changing spatial configuration, can
have a non-unique relationship with the physical input. In authors' opinion judging their performance is a challenging
task and is still an open problem. Two main variables affect the final result of these algorithms: their parameters and the
visual characteristics of the image they process. The term visual characteristics refers not only to the image's digital
pixel values, (e.g. calibration of pixel value, the measured dynamic range of the scene, the measured dynamic range of
the digital image), but also to the spatial distribution of these digital pixel values in the image. This paper does not deal
with tuning parameters, rather it discusses the visual configurations in which a Spatial Color methods show interesting,
or critical behavior. A survey of the more significant Spatial Color configurations will be presented and discussed.
These configurations include phenomena, such as color constancy and contrast. The discussion will present strengths
and weaknesses of different algorithms, hopefully allowing a deeper understanding of their behavior and stimulating
discussions about finding a common judging ground.