Large images are not efficient. Take a lesson from NBCNews and base your layout on the type of reader viewing your webpage.
Sure, large images which you can flip through are great for tablet readers or those with a mobile device, but for the majority of the desktops without touch screens the design is inefficient. YOU CAN determine the browser that is viewing your webpage and adjust your design based on this. Viewing large images for news is not efficient. NBCNews did the same thing and now a vast majority of people, including myself, no longer read the news there. Check out their Facebook page for the flood of comments based on this design if you need perspective.