I got a clear view! Pictures from my backyard...
2:11 AM: Beforehand, the moon is too bright for my camera to handle -- it completely washes out into a pure white disk.
3:08 AM: A small cloud passes as the top left corner of the moon begins to darken.
3:32 AM: More than half of the moon has already fallen into shadow.
3:45 AM: Only the southern tip of the moon shines.
3:51 AM: Still glowing within the penumbra, the moon darkens further as the umbra begins to creep across its surface.
4:20 AM: Umbra. Shadow. The moon smolders like a dying ember, providing no light. The stars, formerly drowned out by the moon's brilliance, now shine as on any moonless night.
4:55 AM: The umbra shifts to the southeastern side and the northwestern region becomes lighter, now in the penumbra.
5:35 AM: The moon returns! And just as the sky begins to lighten. Good news, villagers -- the moon has not been swallowed up forever by a horrible moon-eating demon, and the sun returns as well. I guess we all prayed hard enough -- this time.
I took these on my 6 megapixel Panasonic Lumix camera, which despite its limitations performed well enough. Tripods work wonders.