I haven’t been impressed with the exposure triangle diagrams I’ve seen on the Web so I decided to make my own. Then after working on it for a while I realized that though three are 3 variables, they’re not directly related in a “triangle” so the whole exposure triangle concept is misleading. With input from a couple other photographers I eventually came up with a diagram I think is much better. I like to think of it as a whole chapter on basic exposure crammed into one picture.
Why only photographs reveal the Auroras true colors
Thom Hogan On Tripods
This is the definitive article first written in 2003 and periodically updated since. I’ve followed this path almost exactly however, since I’ve kept the Manfrotto as a backup/2nd camera mount, I don’t feel I’ve really wasted any money.