I've learnt a lot through doing this. Most of it, I have to say, I'm not that happy with!
My ratio of "shots taken" to "shots that I like" is normally around 10 to 1, with this experiment it leapt to 35 to 1(The shot above, BTW, wouldn't have made the cut under "Normal" circumstances, as I don't think it's very sharp, but it was the best of 40 that I tried!!!!)
I don't think that current cameras are tuned up for fully manual-the screens aren't as good for critical focussing, and the movement of knobs and dials seems to create much more movement(Or it might be that I am more ham-fisted and blind than I used to be!)
Processing to Black and White, in the way I used to do it, gives a very sombre feel. (Note to self-so learn to process them a different way - idiot boy!!)
A shot takes around 100 times the length of time to set up!!!!!(Maybe that would get better with practice)
Not having a zoom is a pain in the bum, I was constantly walking backwards to get things in the frame, only to find that someone/something was now in the frame. I didn't realise how much I used zoom functionality.
Upshot, I'm wedded to all the aids that cameras now give. If I had to go back to Manual, as far as I am concerned, life would be a slower, more deliberate place, and, right now, that's not what I want
Canon EOS 7D