I also almost always shoot in manual. I feel like as long as I am learning, I need to force myself to shoot in manual until I've got it backwards and forwards. (Which means I'll probably shoot in manual for the rest of my life. Ha!) The photos below are straight out of my camera with the only edits being resizing for my blog, and putting on my watermark which are typically the only edits I ever do for blog photos.
|Night. 50mm/ ISO 100/ F2.8/ shutter "BULB"|
|Mid day, full sun outside. 50mm ISO 400/ F2.8/ shutter 1/100|
|50mm ISO 200/ F2.8/ shutter 1/100|
|50mm ISO 400 / F2.8/ shutter 1/60|
|Afternoon, partial sun/clouds outside. 50 mm ISO 400/ F2.8/ shutter 1/60|
|50 mm ISO 400/ F2.8/ shutter 1/60|
|Mid day, full sun. Blech. :) 50 mm/ ISO 100/ F2.8/ shutter 1/250|
|Full sun, mid day, under partial shade. Kit lens/ ISO 400/ F5.0/ shutter 1/100|
|Late afternoon, shade. 50mm/ ISO 100/ F2.8/ shutter 1/160|
|Early evening, cloud cover. Kit lens/ ISO800/ F5.0/ shutter 1/60|
|Evening with sun beginning to set on cathedral. Kit lens/ ISO 400/ F.4.0/ shutter 1/60|
|Late afternoon, full sun, under open shade. 50mm/ ISO 200/ F2.8/ shutter 1/160|
And that's it! When I was starting to learn manual, having someone share their settings was always really helpful to me, so I hope these help some of you as you learn your way around your cameras. I'm by no means anything close to an expert, but I don't think I love any hobby more than taking pictures.