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About the eclipse, I noticed less color in the eclipse too (as a result of the recent volcanic eruption maybe?) but the top part of the moon was really bright and white- it looked like a crescent to me even during totality.
I noticed that too. In most eclipses the edge of the umbra is brighter and has a bluish-white tint to it, due to light passing through the ozone layer which absorbs redder wavelengths. It's the same reason noctilucent clouds look electric blue. Spaceweather.com has a blurb about that effect, which it usually does after a lunar eclipse, but the image they show is way over-saturated I think (perhaps to make it more obvious).
Yes, it definitely was, and also much darker, probably due to a layer of aerosols from the eruption of Mt. Calbuco in Chile earlier that year. I had to use about 4x more exposure (with same settings otherwise) to capture it:
In that eclipse it was still twilight here when the Moon rose (having also just entered totality) and for several minutes after it rose it was completely invisible.