I can't replicate this issue with my Lightroom 5.5 on Windows 7
However, if you don't mind me thinking out of the box, it seems like you are doing a lot of work to obtain a result that can be done much simpler, if you are willing to use a collection for this purpose. Simply drag the edited photo into a "Best Of" collection in Lightroom (no exporting needed), and you shouldn't have any trouble getting the proper sort order inside the collection. That's a lot less work than exporting! Saves disk space too! (And bvefore you object and say you have reasons why you need these in a folder for non-Lightroom purposes, that's easily solved by using a collection ... just do the export from the collection into a "Best Of" folder)
To help us help you troubleshoot this most efficiently: Use View > View Options to show the capture date under each thumbnail in the Library. Then post here a full-resolution scree shot showing the entire LR window, including the left-hand column of selected sources and the current sort selection, e.g.
Then it should be clearer what's going on.
I think I see what may have happened: the capture date of each file was changed to the date and time of import into the "best of" sub-folder.
Here is what the transition point looks like, even though all the shots were taken in March 2014.
The question now is, can I somehow recover the date these photos were actually shot and have that appear as the capture date?
- When you do the export, have you changed the option under Metadata to say anything other than "All Metadata"
- Is my "thinking out of the box" solution off the table, or is it something you would consider doing (because it seems to me easier and also solves the problem) ?
I think you have identified the problem: I had inadvertently selected "copyright only" in the metadata field of export. As a result, the shooting data did not get transferred.
As a relative newbie to LR, I am all-ears about different and better approaches to doing things. Using the collection approach I think will solve the out-of-order problem I have had. Thanks for that advice.