Not many words in this blog but, now and then, a few of my photographs--
Good for you for trying manual settings! They look good to me. What do you think? Do you ever try Av?
If I ever tried Av, I didn't try it enough to figure anything out. Was thinking I need to experiment with the manual settings more, until they become habitual and I don't have to think so much about which direction I need to go. Then that would transfer to the film camera.
Av is a step between automatic and manual. Except for night photography, I should in Av all the time. I can set my ISO and my f-stop/depth of field and the camera decides on the shutter speed. If I need more shutter speed, I either up the ISO or use a wider aperture/smaller f-stop number. And you are still using film???