After the bright crescent vanished we continued to watch for about 20 minutes. It's Hollywood that is too bright.You may have given up waiting too soon. You don't see the full effect with the naked eye until you completely lose the bright crescent in your last picture. A camera can deal with the huge range of brightness better than your eyes can.
Also, the camera is less able to handle vast ranges of brightness. The dynamic range of the eye is significantly better than the camera. The problem is that perception of color in the eye is psychological and context-dependent, whereas in the camera it is not. So the camera is able to see the red color even through the light pollution.