camera raw sets incorrect file creation time

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Seems that Camera Raw (in Lr or Ps) when writing XMP for raw files (in my case, either NEF file from Nikon D810 or RAF file from X-Pro2) sets an incorrect file creation time.  On my system it shows the file creation date/time as six hours back from when it was actually shot.
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Hi Mikeyjive. I have no information on the source of your problem or the solution (and I don't work for Adobe). But a similar bug was reported a number of months ago. See Pavlos Honderich's comment in this thread. Perhaps that will help.
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Where are you looking at the creation date. in LR or the File manager for your OS.
In LR the Capture time is displayed as either Capture Date and Time or Date Time Original and Date Time Digitized depending on what the display setting is, Default, EXIF, EXIF and IPTC.
Check your Time Zone setting on your computer.
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Thanks for the responses.  I noticed the erroneous date in Photoshop > File > File Info... Basic.  It's listed as the photo's Creation Date.  Seems that Lr and Ps and most others handle this error and still display the correct date the photo was taken; however, I was trying out some new software that does apparently rely on this particular Creation Date metadata and, as a result, is generating the incorrect times for any photo modified by Lr or Ps.  It seems this would also be something the other software company needs to address (which metadata fields they rely on) but it does still seem to be a case of erroneous data being written by the Adobe products in the first place.

It seems like it ought to be a fairly simple fix and it does seem as the software is somehow misapplying my own offset from GMT. 

I really just wanted to make Adobe aware of the problem in hopes it could be added to a bug list to be fixed.

My own system's time is correct and I've been able to reproduce the problem on two separate computers.
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"Seems that Camera Raw (in Lr or Ps) when writing XMP for raw files (in my case, either NEF file from Nikon D810 or RAF file from X-Pro2) sets an incorrect file creation time.  On my system it shows the file creation date/time as six hours back from when it was actually shot."

"I noticed the erroneous date in Photoshop > File > File Info... Basic."

From the information you've provided so far, you may be encountering a bug in Photoshop.  But it isn't clear you've encountered a bug in LR.

Is your computer running in the CST time zone (UTC - 6)?

According to the industry standard Adobe helped write, software should always display the capture date as is, without adjusting it to the time zone of the computer running the software.  For example, if the capture date is recorded as "2012:06:09 16:48:03", then software should display it as is.  But Photoshop's File > File Info > Basic > Creation Date is interpreting that time as being in UTC (GMT), and it is displaying it in my computer's time zone (PDT = UTC - 7) as "2012:06:09 9:48:03".  This is a bug in Photoshop.  (Note this is just a bug in how PS displays a date/time, not in what it writes into the file.)

LR, however, does obey the industry standard and does not adjust the displayed date/time for the computer's time zone.

To get more clarity on your issue, I suggest the following steps:

1. Upload a sample photo and it's .xmp sidecar (if it's a raw file) to Dropbox or similar and post the sharing link here.

2. Post a full-resolution screenshot of the entire Lightroom window showing the displayed date/time.

There are many date/time fields maintained by the operating system and stored in photo metadata, all confusingly named, so without a sample file and a screenshot, it would be difficult to achieve clarity sufficient for Adobe to pay attention.