Lightroom: File creation time/date mistaken for Capture time/date in Library label

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In Lightroom 4.3, an image's Library Grid label sometimes displays the File Creation time rather than the Capture time, even though the label option is set to "Capture Date/Time."

See attached screenshot. The image shown was captured (by a cellphone camera, alas, but with a correctly set clock) on Nov. 17 at 18:46, as correctly shown in the metadata. But the label in the grid shows the date as Nov. 23 at 00:54, which is the time I uploaded the image from the phone to my computer -- even though the Grid View option is Capture Date/Time, not Creation Date/Time. However, when sorting the Library Grid by Capture Time, the image correctly sorts in its time slot on Nov. 17. The sort order is correct, but the label is wrong.



The Edit Capture Time dialog also shows the "Original Time" (=capture time) correctly as Nov. 17 at 18:46 (actually, it shows Nov. 17 at 06:46, presumably because the image was taken 12 time zones away from my current location) and also gives the Creation Date as Nov. 23 at 00:54.



Interestingly, pictures taken with my real cameras have the correct Capture time showing in the grid. I see this incorrect behavior only with my cellphone camera. Clearly the phone is doing something wrong with its metadata, but the odd thing is that LR is reporting the Capture time correctly in the Metadata panel but incorrectly in the grid label. Shouldn't these be the same?

Until this gets fixed in LR, any ideas of external tools I might use on the metadata to trick LR to label the file correctly?
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Can you post the original photo? From that it should be clearer exactly what's going on.
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Here you go, John: http://db.tt/LkqwfhB7

(Make sure to use the "Download" button so you get the EXIF data. When I tried posting the image directly here, the EXIF data were stripped out.)
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The file's metadata contains an EXIF:ModifyDate field but not EXIF:DateTimeOriginal. The former indicates when the photo was last modified by the user (e.g. by editing), while the latter indicates when the photo was taken. It's curious that the phone added EXIF:ModifyDate but not EXIF:DateTimeOriginal.

It's also curious that LR decides to show EXIF:ModifyDate as the capture date, even though that's not what's recommended by the standards. It's doubly curious that it shows the file's modified time under the thumbnail in the grid view. But this is a symptom of a general problem that LR has when a file is missing DateTimeOriginal; see and vote on this topic:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...