Perhaps I'm still much in that 'geek' stage as, while I am fairly comfortable with my 20D, I'm not getting the consistency I am looking for...that inate feeling that you have the camera 'dialed in' correctly for the exposure and scene and I don't *have to* check the LCD on the back. So I'm still concerned with the technical side while trying to keep focused on the subject in front of me...and the battle ensues with the inevitable results...'not quite *there*' images.
When I was shooting film typically, when picking up my prints, my vocalization was...
"Crap, crap, crap, mmm...not too bad, crap, crap, CRAP". I was SO looking forward to my first digital SLR with the intent of knocking down that huge learning curve. Well, it has but also brought another set of problems...technical in nature, expensive in 'fixing'. But I perservere only resorting to the P mode when I just want to get the shot done and/or it really doesn't mean much to me. (I know, a poor attitude...but something we all have gone through one time or other...'record shots' for other people).
A hammer...heavy weighted thing on a stick. You learn the technical aspect of it (name of parts...handle, head, claw, tang), you learn how to hold it, how to *effectively* swing it, and what choice curse words to use when steel meets thumb! You learn the 'geekness' of this tool and how to use it properly. Once you have this down then building a house one nail at a time becomes the art...you don't think of hammering the nail, you do it. But you can't get there without first learning the other stuff.
Often, when picking up a new camera I know, from previous experience, what button/dial does what but still I carry a cheat sheet with me...just in case I forget something I want *right now*. Yes, too often there are too many bells, whistles, menus, scrolls and button sequences. Personally I'd love to have a fully manual ONLY digital SLR...bring back the days of film but with an instant capture, instant replay/review.
Anyway, someday I do hope that I'll get that consistency when only a split second delay on releasing the shutter will be my greatest problem and the camera does *truly* become that extension of my eye and brain.
"Beauty is more than skin deep"