Lightning bolt captured just outside the Mt. Vernon Square and Convention Center metro station Saturday evening (Craig Hudson)

The atmosphere was juiced Saturday night. Hot, humid air had pushed temperatures into the mid-90s earlier during the afternoon, and the sultry air lingered deep into the evening. Meanwhile, storms began firing up along a stationary front sprawled over the region. They were loud and they were electric.

Photographer Craig Hudson was ready with his camera to seize the moment. Here’s how he described the image he captured above....

I noticed lightning approaching the city from the balcony of my apartment. I grabbed my camera (Nikon D700 w/ 24-70mm F/2.8) and set it on a tripod on a corner across the street from the Convention Center Metro. My camera settings were set at 4 second exposure at F/5.6, ISO 125. I shot continuously as the storm passed over the downtown area. For lightning photos I find that I get better results when the shutter exposure’s are short and the aperture is wide, as the bolts are both brighter and larger the wider the aperture is.

Craig provides more information about this photo and offers some more lightning photography tips on his website.

A number of photographers - including Capital Weather Gang’s Ian Livingston- captured spectacular images last night. Stay tuned for more later tonight and tomorrow.