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 The Seidler Brothers Driven to Drone 

Drones are to Bernie and me what a typewriter is to an author, and what a paintbrush is to an artist…. an extension of the possible

About Manfred & Bernie Seidler

The Seidler family immigrated to the US from West Berlin, Germany when Manfred was about 11 years old. Bernie was born in Glendale, California soon after the family landed here. They spoke German for almost a year until acclimated to English. Their Dad was an accomplished engineer and pilot. Similar “sky” interests brought their lives closer together.

Although Bernie is the younger of the two, Manfred looks up to him for advice and inspiration. Manfred says that Bernie’s a bottomless pit for thinking outside the box, and not getting stuck with just one kind of discipline. Both brothers are cautious, meticulous, and seldom leave anything to chance. Yet, there’s always room for the element of risk if it comes to the “money” shot.

Bernie is self-employed and does high end, custom remodeling in the Los Angles, CA county area. Manfred works as a Plant Engineer for the past 40 years at the Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue, WA.

The Drone Journey

If flying were the language of men, than drones would be its poetry

Bernie is the family’s trailblazer and resident expert. His drone journey started when Manfred was talking about putting a camera on a helium balloon.

I knew that wouldn’t work so I started to develop a remote controlled glider that could carry a GoPro camera. That was fine for a short while until I lost the plane and camera. On the way home from losing it, I immediately purchased another camera and contemplated a better aerial platform to carry a camera. Decided a drone would be the best application because they can hover. That was 5 years ago and drones have come a long way. Back then I built them and the footage was remedial at best. Now you can buy them ready to fly everywhere, BestBuy, The Apple Store and Toys R us. I have solely used DJI products and have few in my hanger ready to go at a moments notice. My 1st drone was a toy but gave me the confidence to fly my new expensive investments beyond my reach.

Some of Bernie’s accomplishments: 1. Participation in search and rescue missions.2. Long distance, 3 miles out and back. 13.5 miles one way. Duration, 40 minutes.3. Speed challenge, 1 mile out and back in 3 minutes. 4. Fast challenge, 106 mph and have witnessed 146 mph. 5. Distance traveled in 30 days, 1078 miles. I did this one with my son Chris. Note: The above accomplishments were done with different crafts. One does not do all.

Drones in History- 1940 – 15,000 radio-controlled target drones sold to the U.S. military to train anti-aircraft gunners in World War II. 1943– The German Military makes a breakthrough for guided serial weapons, the first remotely controlled munitions put into operational use. 2012 – Congress requires the FAA, by 2015, to integrate small drones into the airspace. 2014– The FAA grants an exemption to film and TV production companies for drone use. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer reveals that actor Tom Cruise will star in Top Gun 2 alongside drones. (October 27, 2014 issue of Fortune) 

The Brothers Passion for Flying

Our hobby helps us to keep our dad’s dreams alive and in a small way experience the discipline of flying without actually flying. Plus through the digital media we get to share our passion.

Bernie’s been an RC (Radio Control) enthusiast for 25 years, flying everything from gliders, helicopters and now drones. This gave his passion of photography a lift. With the ability to mount better cameras on drones they now can take pictures and video to provide unique elevated perspective. He’s not a professional but has done commercial work. Some of his work made it on TV, music videos and promotional content. He works under someone that is FAA certified and 107 compliant and carries insurance for commercial use. He’s working on his remote pilot’s certificate. But as a hobbyist, the sky is pretty open to do as he wishes as long as he follows a few basic rules.

Manfred worked his way through toy drones until he settled on the DJI Phantom 4 and 4 Pro. He has a GoPro and Bernie has a collection of them. Bernie has 2 primary crafts that he uses for cinematic use, DJI Phantom, and 4DJI Inspire 1. 

The brothers eat, sleep and dream FPV (First Person View). There is not a moment they don’t have some kind thought running through their heads with what’s next. An addictive euphoric sensation flushes through the body and nothing can take its place. The cure starts with leaving the ground. Everything turns into a blur and the data on the chip reminds them of the experience they encountered. Bernie’s son directs and spots for the both of them. His other son Chris is equally skilled and actually makes a living in the hobby industry.

Just Like Brothers – Manfred got a motorcycle, and Bernie got a motorcycle. Bernie got a drone, and Manfred got a drone. Bernie flies his like Manfred rides his. Bernie’s motorcycle sits in the garage because his heart is in the sky. He looks at things differently just like how you might read the sky anticipating an epic sunset. Bernie does that too, why? He has a drone with a camera. But, his challenge is how can he make it look interesting.

Manfred and Bernie chat weekly and on every Sunday morning when Manfred’s stuck at work making sure the church functions proceed properly. Their conversations are primarily drone related about something they did like photograph the Eclipse. That was fun and exciting. Bernie had to man 3-4 cameras and a couple drones. The outcome was spectacular. The blog posts “The Seidler Brothers 2017 Eclipse” tells the story of that adventure.

Collaborative projects – The Seidler brothers visited the Seattle area last year and Manfred was in charge of scouting locations. One of Bernie’s sons went with them and he flew a drone racer free style craft that is fast, light and nimble.

Bernie’s Thoughts

Poetry with the Sticks, It’s not what you capture but rather how you capture it.

I just remembered the most important part of why I’m “Driven to Drone.” I have a YouTube channel, and I’m trying to build that channel with drone content. But, the market is flooded with all kinds of drone stuff so being unique is challenging. I try.

Uploads from bdseidler – You Tube

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Thanks for reading our story! 


Enjoy The Seidler Brothers Photo Gallery on the published blog post


Enjoy the Welcome Page Sunrise/Sunset Gallery 





360 Responses to Before Sundown Blog

  1. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschöne Fotos lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  2. Such beautiful photos. I talk about the need to “quiet the soul” to help reduce stress; your pictures provide one solution. Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. Nice feature on Mr. Dan, and really great photos here, C.E.! 🙂

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  4. paintdigi says:

    Excellent article,piictures. and nice website …. Congratulations
    Welcome to my blog


  5. WOw these pictures are truly amazing!


  6. paintdigi says:

    very very very nice pictures …. Congratulations 👍

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  7. elliebleu says:

    Beautiful photos. I love your everyday message.

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  8. Great photos! I love the water shots! 🙂

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  9. Thanks for introducing Sharukh, Elizabeth. He sounds interesting and talented! I love the sunset photo from Mumbai with the blue in the center. So unique. Your sunset gallery is stunning and growing!

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Donna! Sharukh has an incredible travel blog with unique photos. Love to collect sunsets. In August I’ll future Damyanti Biswas and a Malaysian sunset. September will feature the Robinson brothers (my sons) and their sunsets. Have a good rest during your “blog leave.” Good thoughts for better health! 💛 Christine Elizabeth (CE)

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  10. dweezer19 says:

    Sharukh is, indeed, awesome. His travel blig is compelling and a perfect mixture if fact and aesthetic beauty.


  11. hobo hippie says:

    lovely photos-my boyfriend is Indian and I so appreciate them-ana


  12. Kev says:

    Gorgeous pics! 😊


  13. paintdigi says:

    You are the first winner of my gift this week.
    Send me an email message (Name, Surname, blog, e-mail).
    When receverai my gift, let me know.

    Read conditions:

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Paintdigi (Ahmed Alozade). Thank you so very much! I’m excited to be your first photo gift winner! I’ve browsed your Paintdigi blog site many times and love the country photos and abstract art! All of the abstract art is incredible! Of course I have favorites based on color combinations and design! I’ve read the conditions, and will send you an e-mail straight away! 🎉 Christine (Elizabeth)

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Ahmed, your comment is the 300th one on the Welcome Page! That’s exciting! I need to think of a gift for you! Do you have a sunset or sunrise that I could feature for the monthly featured sunset/mini-bio post? Perhaps for September or October? No pressure, just a thought! Not certain if you would have any interest. 💛 Christine (Elizabeth)

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  14. Hemangini says:

    beautiful pictures.. lovely ladies and lovely sunset… ❤


  15. Oh, it’s Damyanti! Kind of lost track of her. Glad to go back on track 🙂 Beautiful pics, BTW. Wish I’ve got some of my own to share. Right now, I will content myself with what your wonderful blogger friends share 🙂

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  16. some of those sunsets are just like the sky is on fire – amazing!

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  17. mihrank says:

    deeply elegant and classical pictures, amazing a journey!


  18. sheldonk2014 says:

    I’m glad I stopped by Christine
    Your finishing work is always so beautiful
    As always Sheldon

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  19. kezarlife says:

    Beautiful photos!


    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much for your visit and comments. Happy you liked the Sunset Gallery. I also Love your Kezarlife blog site. Brings me back to my roots. I lived on Church Street (Christian St) from 1939-1950. Grandmother Edna Heim owned Sunset Inn on Lake Kezar! Such good kid hood memories! 💛 Christine


  20. Really love your gallery!!!

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  21. Kev says:

    Love those pictures… especially the b/w of the two brothers. 🙂

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  22. This is beautiful 🙂


  23. What nice paintings! Maybe I’ll go check out his page.

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  24. This also made me think of a new “hash potato” – ArtWednesday 🙂

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  25. Sehr schöne Fotos. Freundliche Grüße, Wollfgang

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  26. ladyfi says:

    Wow – you sunset and sunrise gallery is superb!


  27. sheldonk2014 says:

    I just dropped by to say
    Seasons greetings
    Have a real good…..
    To you and yours
    As always Sheldon

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  28. I just stopped by to look at this wonderful gallery again. If I haven’t already wished you a Happy New Year please accept my best wishes now! Happy New Year to you! 🙂


  29. mihrank says:

    such amazing elegance of colors and images…

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  30. aliyakup says:

    Very successful photos…


  31. There is nothing like a beautiful Sunset.
    It comes to Fruition and changes by the minute until it fades into the evenings darkness.
    Everyone is different like fingerprints in the sky and the one you see is different from what others see making the one you saw Uniquely your own

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      So true, Bernie. Thank you for your visit and comment. The way you describe a beautiful sunset is very poetic! I know your passion for drone photography and you are definitely a poet with the sticks (drone talk). ☺️ Christine


  32. Hi, C.E.!!!! Haven’t been here in a while, sorry about that. I hope to someday be able to share to you a sundown pic. For now, I don;t have any *sigh*

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  33. So many different perspectives.
    Sunsets are like finger prints. No 2 are the same.
    Nice collection Christine.

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  34. Stunning pictures Christine!! Absolutely stunning! Loved reading about the drones….had a neighbor buy one and couldn’t believe the clarity of the shots he was able to get…amazing how they have rapidly progressed.

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  35. mihrank says:

    this is such fascinating, classical images – Just Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  36. WOW lots of new photos on this page! I love those sunset shots!


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